Alessandro Vettori “Poets of DIVINE LOVE – Franciscan Mystical Poetry of the Thirteenth Century”, Fordham University Press, 2004, Introduction, page XIII
INNOVATORS AND RENEWERS
Alessandro Vettori writes:
Francis of Assisi and Iacopone da Todi stand alone as the only two Franciscan poets in the Italian literary canon. Both belong to the beginning period of the Franciscan Order: one at the beginning of the thirteenth century and the dawn of Italian literature; the other at the end of the thirteenth century, after the canonical tradition of Italian poetry has already been established. They flank the inceptive century of Italian literature and of the Franciscan Order, and mark crucial stages in both. Francis founded the Order and gave it his name. Iacopone fought in favor of a radical understanding of the rule of poverty and witnessed the divisiveness resulting from opposing interpretations of it…
“Originality” is a term that not only characterizes Francis’ and Iacopone’s poetry but applies as well to their spiritual positions within the Church … Both Francis and Iacopone strove to liberate the Church from the weighty temporal impediments of materiality and corruption.
What will they think?
What will Italian readers and scholars think about the opinion of Alessandro Vettori (professor at Rutger University, USA) that Jacopone had an essential role with Francis, both for Italian literature and for the Franciscan Order?