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Michelangelo - Sonnet XVIII - With heart of sulphur and with flesh of tow

Identifier

024465

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Michelangelo – Sonnets [translated by Elizabeth Jennings]

Sonnet XVIII

With heart of sulphur and with flesh of tow,
With bone designed of dry and rotting wood,
With spirit lacking any guide to show
Which impulses are evil and which good,

With reason which displays itself so weak
Confronted with a world so full of snares,
It is no wonder that my flesh should break
When it first stumbles on such furious fires.

With glorious art - that gift received from heaven -
That conquers nature and in every way
Clings to all human longing and desire;

If such a gift I truly have been given
And yet, divided, torn, still burn and stray,
He is to blame who fashioned me for fire.

The source of the experience

Michelangelo

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

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Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Believing in the spiritual world
LOVE

Commonsteps

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