Harmony of the Cosmos

Alessandro Vettori

in Poets of Divine Love

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223251
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240913 | DOI:

Series: Fordham Series in Medieval Studies

Harmony of the Cosmos

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The interactive union of male and female as specular reflection of God's love for human beings inspires and animates Franciscanism and its theology according to the matrix of the Book of Genesis. Nudity and the dynamics of two genders in one unit are complemented by a consonant interdependence of human beings and their living environment. Music and harmony are one and the same discipline, although they are articulated in a complex structure comprising numerous ramifications. In the Middle Ages, musica is a much more comprehensive discipline than present-day music. Litany is a powerful form of prayer, whose structure combines musical, philosophical, and spiritual foundations. It alternates novelty and repetition, the unknown and the known. Nudity, matrimonial union of man and woman, and harmony as music according to a medieval concept constitute the fundamental elements of their poetic work and may be traced in the genetics of their poetic endeavor.

Keywords: nudity; matrimonial union; man; woman; harmony; music; litany; Franciscanism

Chapter.  8797 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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