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Poets of Divine Love: The Rhetoric of Franciscan Spiritual Poetry

Alessandro Vettori

Abstract

St. Francis of Assisi (c.1181–1226) and Jacopone da Todi (c.1236–1306) were but two exemplars of a rich school of mystical poets writing in Umbria in the Franciscan religious tradition. Their powerful creations form a significant corpus of medieval Italian vernacular poetry only now being fully explored. Drawing on a wide range of literary, historical, linguistic, and anthropological approaches, the author crafts an innovative portrait of the artists as legends and as poets. He investigates the essential features of emerging Franciscan tradition, in motifs of the body, metaphors of matrimony, ... More

Keywords: St. Francis of Assisi, Jacopone da Todi, poets, Franciscan religious tradition, medieval Italian, love, union, motifs, metaphors, matrimony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780823223251
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823223251.001.0001

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Alessandro Vettori, author

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