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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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Ecstasy of Agapic Love

Ecstasy of Agapic Love

(p.145) 6 Ecstasy of Agapic Love
Poets of Divine Love

Alessandro Vettori

Fordham University Press

Love descends from God and returns to God after drawing human beings closer to God. Most of the laude on spiritual love are assembled in the second half of the collection. God is no longer an alternative to human love, but the sole addressee of the poet's prayerful invocations. In Francis's perception, poverty is the prelude to the harmonic unification of mankind with all other creatures of the universe. Nichilitate expresses in philosophical terms the purifying process of elimination. It is tightly connected to material and spiritual poverty and through it the soul reaches the state of serenity. Nudity is the overarching metaphor for both nichilitate and poverty. Harmony is one of the principal qualities of matrimonial union. The collection of laude concentrates on finding a linguistic and rhetorical medium to express the unprecedented experience the poet has just reported.

Keywords:   nichilitate, love, God, human beings, laude, poverty, harmony, matrimonial union

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