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John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) (24 June 1542 – 14 December 1591), born Juan de Yepes Alvarez, was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, Catholic saint, Carmelite friar and priest, born at Fontiveros, Old Castile.

He is considered one of the foremost poets in the Spanish language. His poem Dark Night of the Soul is considered a masterpiece of Spanish poetry, both for a formal stylistic point of view and its rich symbolism and imagery.

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