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Mystical Verse and Prose/Poesías y prosas místicas: A Dual-Language Book

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Mystical Verse and Prose/Poesías y prosas místicas: A Dual-Language Book

The sixteenth-century friar known as St. John of the Cross is regarded as one of Spain's foremost poets, as well as one of the greatest mystical poets of any language. Drawn to the contemplative life, he joined St. Teresa of Avila in her reform of the Discalced Carmelites. St. John considered his poetry to be the most authentic expression of his theology and his mystical experience. This new edition of his works of spiritual guidance both modernizes the original text and retains its rhetorical grandeur. 

In addition to eight poems, this volume features St. John's four major prose works: Subida del Monte Carmelo ("The Ascent of Mount Carmel"), Noche oscura ("The Dark Night"), Cantico espiritual ("The Spiritual Canticle"), and Llama de amor viva ("The Living Flame of Love"). Translator Stanley Appelbaum provides an informative Introduction, in addition to helpful notes on each item.

Table of Contents for Mystical Verse and Prose/Poesías y prosas místicas

  • Introduction
  • Verse

1. On a dark night
2. Spiritual Canticle
3. O living flame of love
4. I live without living in myself
5. For I know well the fountain that gushes and flows
6. I entered a place where I had no knowledge
7. A shepherd lad, alone, is grieving
8. In pursuit of an amorous adventure

  • Subida del Monte Carmelo / Ascent of Mount Carmel

Prologue
Book I, Chapter 1
Book I, Chapter 2
Book I, Chapter 3
Book I, Chapter 13
Book I, Chapter 14
Book I, Chapter 15
Book II, Chapter 1
Book II, Chapter 2
Book II, Chapter 3
Book II, Chapter 5
Book II, Chapter 6
Book II, Chapter 24
Book III, Chapter 1
Book III, Chapter 4
Book III, Chapter 36

  • Dark Night

Explanation [of First Stanza]
Book I, Chapter 1
Book I, Chapter 9
Book II, Chapter 4
Book II, Chapter 5
Book II, Chapter 8
Book II, Chapter 15
Book II, Chapter 25

  • Spiritual Canticle

Prologue
Argument
Commentary
Stanza 1
Commentary on the Following Stanza [39]
Stanza 39
Stanza 40

  • Living Flame of Love

Prologue
Stanza 1

Key Benefits

  • Parallel texts enable you to read through the text and check on any words or phrases that you might not have quite understood. These books are a great tool for language learners!
  • Full translation in English
  • Notes on certain sections
  • Read some great works of literature while also learning a language
  • Ideal for intermediate learners

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Book Genre Fiction
Book Format Parallel Text
Binding Paperback
Publisher Dover Publications
Number of pages 224
ISBN 978-0486451237
Date of Publication 29-Oct-99
Language Spanish
Level Intermediate
Media Type Book
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