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The Rose, Perfect From The Beginning Of Time

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To set poetic treatment of the Virgin and creation in context, this chapter explores how the young girl from Nazareth evolved into the powerful symbolic figure with power to defeat the serpent. The connection between the female figure of Wisdom and the Virgin Mary in a small cluster of Old Testament texts is traced. The chapter examines a number of pre-creation images in immaculist contexts. Now the question must be raised as to whether the use of a pre-creation image, without explicit reference to sinlessness and without an explicit declaration of immaculist intent, constitutes reference to the Immaculate Conception. This contention will be examined with regard to some of the cancionero poets. Alfonso's association of the Virgin with Wisdom in the thirteenth century shows that fifteenth-century poets were making use of a prefiguration with a long tradition.

Keywords: Alfonso; Immaculate Conception; Nazareth; Old Testament; Virgin Mary



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