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Un pastorcico solo está penado,

Here is an anti-pastoral poem from San Juan de la Cruz. The shepherd is not frolicking in the fields and pastures with his love, he is suffering because his love is absent and will not be with him. 247 palabras más

Sin arrimo y con arrimo,

From the pen of San Juan de la Cruz, we have this glosa or gloss, which is a style of poem in which the poet takes two or three well-known lines of verse from another source and constructs a more elaborate poem around them. 318 palabras más

Sólo en amar es mi exercicio

Mi alma se ha empleado,

y todo mi caudal, en su servicio;

ya no guardo ganado,

ni ya tengo otro oficio,

que ya sólo en amar es mi exercicio… 98 palabras más


Que bien se yo la fonte que mane y corre,

San Juan de la Cruz, using poetry here to expound on faith. In his case, of course, Catholic faith, but I think the same mechanisms and ideas must apply to all faiths, although this is not a complete description. 514 palabras más

Oh llama de amor viva

Today’s poem is from the mystical Catholic tradition, by the great sixteenth century priest-poet, San Juan de la Cruz (St. John of the Cross). It is perplexing to me how the Church could at the same time produce works of such beauty and transcendence, while at the same time in history the Catholic Spanish Inquisition was terrorizing the population in its attempts to impose religious orthodoxy according to Catholic dogma. 313 palabras más

En una noche oscura

Today we have a poem by St. John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz), the Spanish priest from the mid-16th century who became a saint. 451 palabras más

The Conditions of a Solitary Bird

The Conditions of a Solitary Bird

The conditions of a solitary bird are five:
The first, that it flies to the highest point;
The second, that it does not suffer for company, 38 palabras más