Inferno or Dante's Inferno was the first part of Dante's epic ItalianpoemThe Divine Comedy. This poem described Dante's journey through Hell, guided by the poetVirgil. It was followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso.
Chakotay agreed with Dante that if you always see the road ahead of you, it is not worth the trip. (VOY: "Shattered")
The particular quote above is from the translation by Seamus Heaney.
This poem, written in the 14th century, was about an allegorical journey through hell (or inferno), representing the Human journey of the soul toward the divine, according to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 363).