The «Wisdom Text» by a Catalan Writer of the Early Renaissance
1 less than radical. As Gerli points out, Cartagena reveals the divorce between language and reality, artistic expression and experience (“Reading Cartagena: Blindness, Insight and Modernity in a Cancionero Poet”). We may add that in much a similar vein, Moner grapples with the disturbing phenomenology of the lover’s malady. Th e “Coplas hechas a ruegos de Cartagena” gives a glimpse into the low ebb in the lover’s spirit. Th e author’s persona enters what may be called the dark night of the soul. In this context it is appropriate to quote but a few verses, which reveal a state of mind verging on despair: No sé quyén invoco, ni sé qué demando: hazedo le veo estar mi apetito y, en ﬁ n, la razón, perdido su mando. Todo mi ser es llama quemando cyega visión, trabajo inﬁ nito. (Vv. 56–60; 1 OC 242) (‘I do not know whom to invoke nor do I know what to ask for: in my appetite, I ﬁ nd bitter taste, and reason, at last, has lost its control. My whole being is a burning ﬂ ame, a blind vision, an endless toil.’) In Obra en metro Moner adapts the manner of Cartagena to the exploration of one of the greatest paradoxes, which determines the plight of human be- ings: the coexistence of a human being’s free will with God’s omniscience as manifested particularly in the activity of Fortune. In the face of the dilemma, Moner cannot help feeling relegated to a state of...
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