The Poems of St. John of the Cross (Paperback)

By Willis Barnstone (Translator), Willis Barnstone (Introduction by)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811204491, 128pp.

Publication Date: January 17, 1972

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Description

Many critics regard the work of Saint John of the Cross (1542-91), the 16th-century mystic, to be among the finest poetry Spain has produced. This bilingual edition, the first in modern English, was originally published in hard cover in 1968 by the Indiana University Press. Most of these poems were written during a period of nine months, in 1577-78, when Saint John (San Juan de la Cruz) was imprisoned and tortured in the dungeon of a small Carmelite monastery in Toledo, and their recurrent motifs are both metaphysical and deeply personal.