Theology of Ravishment

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

Theology of Ravishment

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The codification of courtly love sanctioned a breakthrough in loving relations and brought renewed vigor to the way men and women interacted. In keeping with biblical and theological models, erotic love was regarded as the most fitting metonym for divine expressions of love toward human beings, and it was frequently adopted as a metaphor in poetry. The Laude encompasses an ascending development from a radical, uncompromising rejection of erotic love, seen as physical union between two human beings, to a consideration of it as a metaphorical image of the loving relationship binding God to humankind. The wedding also occurs in the highly regal atmosphere that such an important union undoubtedly deserves. Having begun with an uncompromising refutation of love in its physical, erotic component, Jacopone's collection of laude develops to an acceptance of sexual consummation and matrimonial union as an image of the loving relation binding God to humankind.

Keywords: Jacopone; love; Laude; relationship; wedding; union; poetry; metaphor

Chapter.  13357 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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