Tradition and Its Impact on the Canticle
This chapter examines Francis' Canticle of Brother Sun. The Canticle is considered the best known and most appreciated of all the written work of the saint, and it would be impossible to do justice to the many appraisals of it in the most diverse fields. Not only is it important to the fields of theology and philosophy, but it “can lay legitimate claim to an important and lasting place in the history of the literature of the Western world”, due to its stature as one of the first great Italian poems, and in terms of its later literary influence. The other influences on the Canticle and the progression in Francis' poetry are discussed.
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