Poets of Divine Love
St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226) and Jacopone da Todi (c. 1236-1306) were 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, Alessandro Vettori investigates the emerging Franciscan tradition in motifs of the body, metaphors of matrimony, and in musical harmony, as well as the relationships between Francis's poetic mission to Genesis, erotic love, ecstatic union, and the poetics of the sermon.
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