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Thought and Poetic Structure in San Juan de la Cruz’s Symbol of Night

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N.Grace Aaron

Thought and Poetic Structure in San Juan de la Cruz’s Symbol of Night is a comprehensive appraisal of the traditional critical perspectives of mysticism: philosophical, theological, literary, and psychological. Examining the a priori limitations of these approaches, the book presents an original definition of the symbol as an integral whole of experience and expression, and concludes that night is the form – the organizing principle – of spiritual life.