Dissertation- How can the poetry of Karol Wojtyla be used in a pastoral context? (2024)

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How can the poetry of Karol Wojtyla be used in a pastoral context?

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This is the title page contents, intro, conclusion and bibliography of my Master thesis (full paper is 16, 564 words). When looking at Wojtyla’s poetic output, it became clear to me that an understanding of his formation as an artist in Poland, which during the years of the Second World War came together with his spiritual formation, is central to understanding his specific role in the fall of the Communist regime in Central Europe. My study, coupled with Wojtyla’s interpretation of the Rhapsodic Theatre, reveals his view of the unique role of culture in a nation’s history, and also how the Rhapsodic Method is “one piece” with his poetry, as well as an extremely effective methodology when applied on the world stage. This study outlines the historical and political context in which Wojtyla grew up - which notably connected art with the struggle for spiritual and national freedom - to a setting out of Wojtyla’s interpretation of Rhapsodic Theatre in his own words. When looking at Wojtyla’s poetry, which I see as an extension of the Rhapsodic Method, the work of the poet Cyprian Norwid is presented as a key figure to understand Wojtyla’s unique writing and placing it in the system of contemporary poetics. The devices of 'contemplative' or meditative writing are drawn out. For the research element I devised a workshop - 'The Place Within' and ran with 2 groups; people are invited to interact with KW's poetry. The results are written up in order to extrapolate how KW's poetry may be used to help those on a spiritual journey. Email me if interested to read whole chapters.

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How can St John of the Cross’ approach to aesthetics inform contemporary Christian spirituality?

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Aesthetics and St John of the Cross presents itself to us as a subject because, apart from being a Christian mystic, San Juan was also an artist and poet. This essay will identify principles that may be drawn from both his practice as a poet and his thoughts about art, which may inform contemporary Christian spirituality . Today, the people to benefit from San Juan’s approach to aesthetics are artists, especially poets, who are Christians desiring to engender contemplation through their medium. From a pastoral perspective, there is also a need for more understanding of artists in regards to their life in the Church, especially as the Church is turning to them to help bridge the ever-widening cultural gap between Church and society. As the challenge of communicating the Gospel within Western society deepens, it is being more recognised that art is a way of communicating that appeals to a persons’ spiritual nature. In our current cultural milieu symbolism is strong currency, and it may well become more crucial for the Church to be able to communicate truth in ways that are non-verbal, imaginative and intuitive, in a way that does ‘use’ the arts, but honours and understands its true function. As Thiessen has noted in the last twenty years the dialogue between theology and the arts has become a major focus in theology, and it is no coincidence that this trend has run alongside the aestheticisation of everyday life in postmodern society through the powerful impact of images.

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Dissertation- How can the poetry of Karol Wojtyla be used in a pastoral context? (2024)


What is the idea of Karol Wojtyla? ›

Wojtyla's moral philosophy is based on his notion of the human act, an act which manifests efficacy, transcendence, self-determination and self-fulfillment. The morality of the act must be based on goodness and truthfulness.

What is an example of a pastoral poem? ›

The most famous pastoral elegy is John Milton's Lycidas, written on the death of Edward King, a respected colleague at Cambridge University. Other examples include Thomas Gray's “Elegy on a Country Churchyard” (1750), Shelley's Adonais, and Matthew Arnold's Thyrsis.

What is the theory of participation by Karol Wojtyla? ›

By participation, he means the ability to act with others in such a way as to simultaneously realize all that results from communal acting, on the one hand, and the personalistic value of one's action, on the other (Wojtyla 1979a, p. 271).

What are the distinct ideas of Wojtyla? ›

Answer: Karol Wojtyla possesses two things as phenomenologically given. (a) People experience within themselves two conflicting aspects, such as (1) about our consciousness, and (2) about happening to us ("happening -sa ") and remains outside of our control.

What is the purpose of pastoral poetry? ›

Pastoral poems idealize rural life and the countryside. Despite writing about rural life, pastoral poets were usually not from the countryside. Instead, urban poets used pastoral poetry to portray rural life as a fantasy, a society of shepherds who were free from the complexities of city life.

What are the common topics of pastoral poetry? ›

Pastoral poetry is known for exploring the relationship between humans and nature, and for romanticizing the ideals of a simple country life. The enduring popularity of the pastoral form of poetry suggests a wide resonance with these ideals.

What is the theme of the poem pastoral? ›

The poem “Pastoral” by Jennifer Chang broadly revolves around the theme of estrangement and yearning within the context of natural world.

What is Wojtyla's concept of intersubjectivity? ›

Wojtyła stresses. that participation has its foundation on intersubjectivity, man as existing and acting. together-with-others that can imply participation as an act towards the common good.

What is Pope John Paul remembered for? ›

John Paul II known for? John Paul II was the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. He travelled abroad extensively in an effort to promote greater understanding between countries and religions, and he campaigned against political oppression, violence, and materialism. He survived an assassination attempt in 1981.

What is self determination according to Wojtyla? ›

1) Self-determination: The self-determining power of the human person is not simply the ability of the person to determine his own action and the course of his life. In free action the person not only determines some reality external to the self, but also simultaneously determines his own being.

What is a human person according to John Paul II? ›

As John Paul II asserts, the human person is a body, and not merely has a body, "Man, formed in this way, belongs to the visible world; he is a body among bodies."8 We are body-persons; embodied spirits who are created in the image and likeness of God who is Love.

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