A Century of South African Poetry Blurb
This is the most comprehensive anthology to date of
South African English poetry, from its beginnings in the work of Thomas
Pringle, Frederic Brooks and Andrew Geddes Bain (all writing in the 1820s) to
the apocalyptic Soweto voices of the 1970s.
The emphasis falls after 1870 when, under the impetus of new industrial
pressures, South African poetry began to reflect dilemmas which have become the
abiding concern of the twentieth century.
Half the book is devoted to the post-1960s during which time South
African poets have emancipated themselves from a literary colonialism.
This anthology recognises both the ‘traditional' and
the ‘radical', and challenges many assumptions about South African English
poetry. In an incisive Introduction
Michael Chapman refutes the claim that South African English poetry is narrowly
an ‘educated man's affair'. Instead, his
wide-ranging and often daring selection reveals this poetry's full rich
Ad. Donker (Pty) Ltd
First published 1978
Reprinted 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
ISBN 0 949937 56 8 (paperback)
ISBN 0 949937 46 0 (hardback)