Dark Night of the Soul


Dark Night of the Soul is a poem written by the 16th-century Spanish mystic and poet St. John of the Cross. The poem consists of eight stanzas of five lines respectively, and narrates the journey of the soul to mystical union with God.


The journey is called “The Dark Night” in part because darkness represents the fact that the destination, God, is unknowable, as in the 14th century, mystical classic The Cloud of Unknowing, which, like St. John’s poem, derives from the works of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite in the sixth century.


Dark Night of the Soul is the title of a poem written by 16th-century Spanish poet and Roman Catholic mystic Saint John of the Cross, and of a treatise he wrote later, commenting on the poem.


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