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Orpheus "Recured": The Healing Art Of Thomas Campion

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The identification of Marsilio Ficino with Orpheus was recorded by his oldest friend, Naldo Naldi in a poem that traced the journey of Orpheus soul from Homer to Ficino. Ficino strove to imitate God and express the music of the soul through the Orphic hymns. Their aim was to bring the spiritus of man into harmony with the spiritus mundi by love, song and light. Known posthumously as Englands musical poet, Thomas Campion was a sixteenth century physician, poet and composer and while he was concerned with prosody, that is, uniting the music to the poetry through the coalescence of melody to the sense of the stanza, it was the legend of Orpheus that formed the centrality of Campions philosophy and musicality.

Keywords: Homer; Marsilio Ficino; Naldo Naldi; Orpheus; Thomas Campion



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