Words Unbound


Teaching Dante's Inferno in the High-School Classroom
Milton Burke
150 pages
6″ x 9″
978-1-68226-031-9 (paper)
July 2017


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Words Unbound draws on Milton Burke’s thirty years of teaching experience to help educators bring Inferno alive for today’s young reader. In a conversational, “colleague-to-colleague” style, Burke shares the interpretations, questions, and exercises he found effective in his high-school classroom, emphasizing group discussion to help students, no matter their religious or philosophical moorings, engage meaningfully with the notoriously difficult text.

Milton Burke is a retired high-school English teacher. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

“Milton Burke is clearly a master teacher, knowledgeable about his subject matter, but also about what works in the classroom, and by what works, I mean not only what helps students learn Dante, but more importantly what reading Dante can help students learn about themselves and their world. . . . The focus is on Dante, but the takeaway, the approach, can be applied to the teaching of any subject.”
—From the foreword by Bill Stephany, professor emeritus of English, University of Vermont

“Milton Burke’s Words Unbound makes the valuable contribution of providing a single reference manual for teachers interested in incorporating Dante’s poem into their high school literature courses.”
Elizabeth Coggeshall, Florida State University

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