Origins of the Canon

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

Origins of the Canon

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Theologically, a return to the beginning implies the radical idea of bringing back the state of humanity depicted in the biblical myth of creation, when man and woman were nude and had not yet undergone temptation and Fall; their relation to each other and to nature remained harmonious and flawless. The poetics of the “Canticle” proposes a view of pre-Fall creation as depicted in the Book of Genesis. Creatures punctuate “The Canticle of Brother Sun,” also known as the “Canticum creaturarum.” All creatures owe their existence to God. All elements in the “Canticle” point to the recovered, renovated, and restored status of creation: as the cosmos was new at the moment of creation, it is now perceived by Francis, because of his accomplished purification, as renewed.

Keywords: Canticle; The Canticle of Brother Sun; Canticum creaturarum; creation; temptation; poetics; cosmos

Chapter.  14750 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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