This interpretation of John Paul II's 'Roman Triptych' is based on a careful re-examination of the literary form indicated in the title. The three parts of the triptych refer to the three persons of the Holy Trinity and the trio of cardinal virtues, faith, hope and love. The latter represent both man's response to the mystery of God and his way of perceiving the Divine presence. Karol Wojtyla's poetic and dramatic works (especially 'The Radiation of Fatherhood' and 'A Pilgrimage to the Holy Places') and to a lesser extent, his non-poetic statements provide the context which validates this interpretation of the 'Roman Triptych'. The article also compares briefly John Paul II's poetic stance in the Triptych with Czeslaw Milosz's views and attitudes expressed in his 'Theological Treatise' and the last volume 'The Second Space'.
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