The «Wisdom Text» by a Catalan Writer of the Early Renaissance
Conclusion: A Postscript 175
Conclusion A Postscript In the course of the foregoing extensive meditation on Moner’s works, a text has been revealed—a wisdom text, so called—that in the long run manifests itself as an existential correlative of the author of ﬂ esh and blood. Concurrently, Moner’s esthetic has been proﬁ led as a psycho-spiritual journey, which starts along a well-trodden path—that of the rhetoric of reasoning—and proceeds into an uncharted region that stretches far and wide beyond the boundaries of ordinary ratiocination. Th is means that, even while engaging in a philosophical and rationalistic discussion, Moner allows his poetic imagination free rein in order to explore areas where reason and logic have little or no sway. In other words, Moner’s probing is artistic in the full sense of the term—that is to say, intuitive rather than discursive; and one area that falls well within the purview of that probing pertains to the phenomenology of conversion. How does the erotic passion convert itself into a wholesome, not to say holy force that enables the faithful lover to rise to the heights of the com- munion with the Divine Being? We realize that, in striving to come to terms with the momentous issues raised by this question, Moner develops, in a subtle emulation of Ausiàs March’s esthetic, a veritable metaphysics of the lover’s CocozzellaPeter.indd Sec1:175 12/31/09 8:21:28 PM 176 Fra Francesc Moner’s Bilingual Poetics of Love and Reason passion. It may be argued that Moner’s metaphysical operation...
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