Inferno is an epic poem by Dante Alighieri that was probably written around 1314 and first published in 1321. It depicts an allegorical journey through Hell. Inferno was part of a collection of three works by Dante (along with the works Purgatorio and Paradiso) that was called The Comedy, and later, The Divine Comedy. Read key facts, the plot summary, and important quotes from Inferno.


Read one-minute Sparklet summaries, the detailed canto-by-canto Summary & Analysis, the Full Book Summary, or the Full Book Analysis of Inferno.


See a complete list of the characters in Inferno and in-depth analyses of Dante Alighieri, Virgil, Beatrice, Lucifer, Ulysses, and Minos.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the literary devices in Inferno, from the major themes to motifs, symbols, and more.

Further Study

Go further in your study of Inferno with background information about Dante Alighieri and the poem, movie adaptations, and links to web resources.