St John of The Cross

Cruz, San Juan de la (1542–1591), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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San Juan de la Cruz (1542–1591 is more widely recognised as Saint John of the Cross. He was an influential figure in Spanish mysticism and literature, primarily identified as a poet and a Carmelite friar. Originating from the Carmelite tradition, which emphasised contemplation and asceticism, Saint John’s writings are deeply rooted in his own spiritual journey. His poetic works are distinguished by their exploration of the intricate relationship between the human soul and the divine. Here are presented seven of his poems - these works being emblematic of Saint John’s spiritual introspection.

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Kline, A. S.

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