Flame of Love Poems of the Spanish Mystics

ISBN-10: 0818909773

ISBN-13: 9780818909771

Edition: 2005

Authors: Loren G. Smith, St. John of the Cross, Teresa De Jesus

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St. John of the Cross considered his poetry to be the most authentic expression of his theology and his ineffable mystical experience. St. Teresa's poetry has not received the same acclaim and attention as John's. But like him, she used poetry as a way of expressing the ineffable -- the divine flame of love which consumed her. These translations accurately preserve the meaning of the original poems, retain their rhyming schemes and utilize meters as close to the original as possible. Each page of English translation faces the original Spanish text of the poems.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: St Pauls/Alba House Publishers
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 207
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594

St. John of the Cross represents the pinnacle of Spanish mysticism. In contrast to St. Teresa's works, which refer frequently to things of this world, St. John's poetry works on a purely spiritual, abstract plane. His poems consist of allegorical descriptions of the journey of his spirit through mortification of earthly appetites, illumination, and purification of the soul to union with God. In his prose commentaries on his own poems he laments the insufficiency of language to communicate his mystical experiences and his interior life. A disciple of St. Teresa, he became the spiritual director of her convent at Avila in 1572 and was responsible for carrying out many of her rigorous new programs for the Carmelite Order. Objections to his extreme reforms led to a period of imprisonment and torture in Toledo. During this time, according to tradition, he wrote Spiritual Canticle. His concentrated symbolic poetry has been studied with enthusiasm by such modern poets as T. S. Eliot, Paul Valery, and Jorge Guillen.

Saint John of the Cross
Llama de Amor Viva
Living Flame of Love
Noche Oscura
Dark Night
Cantico Espiritual
Spiritual Canticle (second redaction)
Sin Arrimo y Con Arrimo
Unsupported and Supported
Entreme Donde No Supe
Entering A Place Unknown
Sino For Un No Se Que
Only For A Know-Not-What
Tras De Un Amoroso Lance
I Went In Pursuit By Love's Way
Un Pastorcico
A Lone Young Shepherd
Vivo Sin Vivir En Mi
I Live Lacking Life In Me
Romance sobre el salmo "Super Flumina Babilonis"
Romance On The Psalm "By The Waters Of Babylon"
Que Bien Se Yo La Fonte
For Well I Know The Spring
Latrilla Navidena
Christmas Refrain
Suma De La Perfeccion
Sum Of Perfection
Saint Teresa of Avila
Eficacia De La Paciencia
Efficacy Of Patience
Feliz El Que Ama a Dios
Happy The One Who Loves God
Buscando A Dios
I Seeking God
Coloquio Amoroso
Loving Colloquy
Ante La Hermosura De Dios
Before The Beauty Of God
Sobre Aquellas Palabras "Dilectus Meus Mihi"
My Beloved Is For Me
Vivo Sin Vivir En Mi
I Live Lacking Life In Me
En Las Manos De Dios
In The Hands Of God
El Camino De La Cruz
The Way Of The Cross
A La Cruz
To The Cross
Abrazadas A La Cruz
Embracing the Cross
Hacia La Patria
The Way To Heaven
Al Nacimiento De Jesus
To the Birth of Jesus
Al Nacimiento De Jesus
At the Birth of Jesus
Para Navidad
For Christmas
Al Nacimiento Del Nino Dios
At the Birth of the Infant God
A La Circuncision
On The Circumcision
Otra A La Circuncision
Another On The Circumcision
Ayes Del Destierro
Sighs in Exile
En La Festividad De Los Santos Reyes
On The Feast Of The Holy Kings
A San Andres
To Saint Andrew
A San Hilarion
To Saint Hilarion
A Santa Catalina Martir
To Saint Catherine, Martyr
A La Vesticion De La Hermana Jeronima De La Encarnacion
For the Clothing of Sister Jeronima De La Encarnacion
Al Velo de la Hermana Isabel de los Angeles
For the Veiling of Sister Isabel de los Angeles
A La Profesion De Isabel de los Angeles
For the Profession of Isabel de los Angeles
A Una Profesa
To A Professed Nun
En Una Profesion
In A Profession
Para Una Profesion
For A Profession
En Una Profesion (2)
In A Profession (2)
Contra Un Ganadillo Impertinente
Against An Impertinent Little Flock
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