Poetry and Urban Change

a fragment from the essay published in Academicus XX:

During the Middle Age and until the Renaissance, power is represented by the two eagles: the power of the Emperor and the power of the Church. There is no more escape for the poets: and the effects is given by the fight against witches, and the burning of heretics. Already with the making of religion of the Empire, Christianity had led to the destruction of the Library of Alexandria and the suppression of the Olympic Games. All the books dealing with astronomy were the special target of the flaming intolerance of the unique power of the two swords. In the dark ages, the uncertain light has been coming through the Umayyads, penetrating into Spain, to bring back that conscience that since the unification of religion and empire, it was been removed in Europe: even considered lost, the books of astronomy survived in Arabic translations. So the Alhambra became a center of full ferment for translations and the spread of knowledge.

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The troubadours were the popular effect of this bubbling, which was soon stemmed by harsh measures: the expulsion of Jews and Arabs from Spain, the persecution of Cathars, Waldensians and Albigensians16 in the whole Europe. All power was against the wishful thought of poetry. And the most appropriate word for refusing it was to accuse it of magic. In the dark, if the flame can’t be seen, you can be sure that it hatches in the embers: because poetry is an inextinguishable force. The legacy was collected and transmitted through the hermetic compositions of the alchemists, often in search of early Christianity as opposed to the power of Rome, and from which the historical expressions of the Reformation and the Enlightenment will derive.

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