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SA English Poetry A Modern Perspective


sa_english_poetry_a_modern_perspective This is the most detailed and comprehensive account to date of South African English poetry.  Part I presents a survey of ‘traditional' and ‘radical' poets from the 1820s to the 1960s and offers fresh insights into such important literary figures as Thomas Pringle, Roy Campbell, William Plomer, Francis Carey Slater, H.I.E. Dhlomo and Guy Butler.  Part II examines the emergence, over the last twenty-five years, of a ‘new wave' of poets including Douglas Livingstone, Ruth Miller, Sydney Clouts, Arthur Nortje, Wopko Jensma and the Soweto voices of Oswald Mtshali, Mongane Serote, Sipho Sepamla and Mafika Gwala.


In a penetrating and challenging study Michael Chapman moves from close textual analysis of individual poems to a consideration of regional expression in relation to the poetics of a modern internationalism.  South African English poetry criticism attains maturity in this volume which, for many years to come, should prove indispensable to any serious student of this country's literature.

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ISBN 0 86852 036 5

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