The Divine Frenzies

25 11 2008

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From all this it is now clear that there are four kinds of divine frenzy: love, poetry, the mysteries and prophecy. That common and insane love is a false copy of divine love; superficial music, of poetry; superstition, of the mysteries; and prediction, of prophecy. According to Plato, Socrates attributes the first kind of frenzy to Venus, the second to the Muses, the third to Dionysius, and the last to Apollo.

-Marsilio Ficino