The Commedia begins with Dante finding
himself in a dark wood — selva oscura.
A setting that is starkly echoed in
the thirteenth canto.
Perhaps this is further cause for the
sympathy he demonstrate[sic] for Pietro
Hmm... On the subject of the concentration
of hybrid creatures in the circle of
Hell reserved for the Violent, beyond
the elements of the grotesque-abject,
Christianity often assigned such creatures
as agents of Hell, owing to their