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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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Mysticism of Sexual Union

Mysticism of Sexual Union

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Poets of Divine Love

Alessandro Vettori

Fordham University Press

In the Book of Genesis, it reveals that adoption of nudity as a chief human trait is complemented by matrimonial union as a theological and poetic topos. The interactive structure of the two genders mirrors the love uniting mankind to divinity. The love relation of two human beings can be seen as the best icon for the more ethereal, profound. The expression religio amoris, generally employed to identify the devotion of the lover to his beloved in courtly love, is variously used to refer to Christianity and to medieval secular love in the courtly form. The matrimonial union of two genders coincides with the inextricable bond of fraternity and sorority uniting all creation. All creatures are at the same time siblings and spouses, they are the sons and daughters of the same divinity, and they form a single entity through the bond of marital love.

Keywords:   sexual union, religio amoris, matrimonial union, marital love, Christianity, secular love, fraternity, sorority, nudity

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