Francis of Assisi and His "Canticle of Brother Sun" Reassessed
|Publication Date||October 2013|
|Formats||Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB)|
|Series||The New Middle Ages|
In his fairly short life - he lived from 1181 or 1182 to 1226 - Francis of Assisi wrote relatively little, but he taught, preached and lived so influentially, so charismatically, that his voice still speaks to us across the centuries. His Canticle of Brother Sun has been paid little attention by literary critics, despite being one of the first known works of literature in the Italian language. Bringing the skills of a literary historian to the subject, Brian Moloney comments on the canticle line-by-line and considers its genesis to reveal it as a carefully composed work of art, rather than as a spontaneous effusion of feeling.