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Poets of Divine LoveThe Rhetoric of Franciscan Spiritual Poetry$
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Alessandro Vettori

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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Theology of Ravishment

Theology of Ravishment

(p.112) 5 Theology of Ravishment
Poets of Divine Love

Alessandro Vettori

Fordham University Press

The codification of courtly love sanctioned a breakthrough in loving relations and brought renewed vigor to the way men and women interacted. In keeping with biblical and theological models, erotic love was regarded as the most fitting metonym for divine expressions of love toward human beings, and it was frequently adopted as a metaphor in poetry. The Laude encompasses an ascending development from a radical, uncompromising rejection of erotic love, seen as physical union between two human beings, to a consideration of it as a metaphorical image of the loving relationship binding God to humankind. The wedding also occurs in the highly regal atmosphere that such an important union undoubtedly deserves. Having begun with an uncompromising refutation of love in its physical, erotic component, Jacopone's collection of laude develops to an acceptance of sexual consummation and matrimonial union as an image of the loving relation binding God to humankind.

Keywords:   Jacopone, love, Laude, relationship, wedding, union, poetry, metaphor

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