Monday Poem: Hell

“THROUGH me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
Justice the founder of my fabric moved:
To rear me was the task of Power divine,       
Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love. 
Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.”

Dante Alighieri Canto III 1-9

This is a sculpture by Russian artist Georgy Frangulyan
called Dante and Virgil. It's in the middle of the lagoon between
the Fondamento Nuovo ferry stop and the Isola San Michelle (the cemetery island)
where several famous Russians, including Igor Stravinsky and Joseph Brodsky, are buried.