St John of the Cross, the 16th-century Spanish monk, has long been regarded as one of the greatest mystics. They are an attempt to express the ineffable and to reflect the saint's own mystical experiences- experiences that required nothing less of him than total surrender to the love of God.
St John of the Cross, the 16th-century Spanish monk, has long been regarded as one of the greatest mystics. His fervent, limpid and profound poems spring from a human encounter with the strange and awesome mystery of the divine. They are an attempt to express the ineffable and to reflect the saint's own mystical experiences- experiences that required nothing less of him than total surrender to the love of God. These unique poems are published here in parallel text in the original Spanish and in the South African poet Roy Campbell's celebrated English translation.
"Roy Campbell has recreated the extraorinary subtlety of the music of the original in an English verse worthy of it, and that climbs from aspiration to ecstasy as if it were itself the poem" * Guardian *
About St John Of The Cross
St John of the Cross was a 16th-century Spanish mystic, Catholic saint and a Carmelite monk, friar and priest. He was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation and is considered one of the foremost poets in the Spanish language. Roy Campbell, born Ignatius Royston Dunnachie Campbell was born in Durban, Colony of Natal (now in South Africa) 1901. He lived in South Africa, Britain (where he fell in and out with the Bloomsbury Group), Spain and finally Portugal, where he died in 1957. The Flaming Terrapin established his reputation in verse and he was hailed by contemporaries T.S.Eliot and Dylan Thomas as one of the great inter-war poets. In 1952 he was awarded the Foyle Prize for his verse translation of St John of the Cross.
Poems by St John Of The Cross
St John Of The Cross
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