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The Poems of St. John of the Cross
     

The Poems of St. John of the Cross

by Willis Barnstone
 

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Saint John’s poetry of love and joy describes the soul’s passage through dark night to final illumination in mystical union with Absolute Being. The allegory the poet uses is that of earthly love, and the poems are strikingly effective on the immediate level of personal experience, quite apart from their theological meanings.
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