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Posted by Martin Walker on March 14, 2017, 12:50 pm
“Perfection's spirit, Goddesse of the minde/passed through hope, desire, griefe and feare” (my edition includes the apostrophe): Gary Higginson asks "what does it mean" in his interesting review, so I will attempt a brief answer: In his "sonnet" sequence Caelica Greville has passed through the above-cited stages of the feverishly adoring lover to finally understand Love in a Dantean way as the great spiritual power which informs the universe, leading us to will only the Good and transcend the sinful symptoms of our all-too-human earthly lusts.
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