Thus, more or less, were the trails of the verse which I could not knot to stanzas of sound. And we lived, we travelled, we bottled the seasons, explored the slits: I squandered the dark dimensions My errings put to sea: the envelope as unwritten letter sailed from one land to the other from hand to hand. Sometimes with a sudden dove of thrashing in the throat I discovered it again in a box of old papers in the dark windfilled loft of an evacuated house and I tried to remember what it was I would have liked to write right at the beginning when we were still lithe with white-toothed answers and a supple eye But the handmap had become the pale membrane of a testament scribbled in blotting language, no longer able to unknot the deployment and pleating of desire or to invent the whole Now when my end is rising over the horizon with bleached sails — a first and last island where only the blind dog waits in faith I fold this writing in two, woman, and lay it, hidden in the envelope of a lost beginning, like an unavailable homecoming at your door.
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To translate metaphors is never easy and Breytenbach sometimes makes this task near impossible—for example, the use of two Afrikaans words, almost-homonyms on which the meaning turns. The advantage is that one sinks into the depth of the poem, feeling intuitively for a way to convey its essence. He was born in in the small town of Bonnievale, South Africa.
He studied fine arts at the University of Cape Town before immigrating in the late s to Paris, where he wrote much of his early poetry. His first published work, Die ysterkoei moet sweet The Iron Cow Must Sweat, was hailed as a triumph of Afrikaans poetry, breaking new ground in structure, metre, and imagery.
In , Breytenbach returned to South Africa under a false name in order to form an underground organisation. He was arrested and charged with treason under the Terrorism Act and sentenced to nine years in prison, two of which he spent in solitary confinement. While in prison, Breytenbach wrote prolifically, producing among other works the acclaimed True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist After serving seven years of his sentence, Breytenbach was released from prison.
Ampie Coetzee was born in His academic career began at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, after which he transferred to the University of the Western Cape, where he was politicised. At the time, the apartheid regime began censoring literature and other cultural productions, such as music and film.
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To translate metaphors is never easy and Breytenbach sometimes makes this task near impossible—for example, the use of two Afrikaans words, almost-homonyms on which the meaning turns. The advantage is that one sinks into the depth of the poem, feeling intuitively for a way to convey its essence. He was born in in the small town of Bonnievale, South Africa. He studied fine arts at the University of Cape Town before immigrating in the late s to Paris, where he wrote much of his early poetry.
Breyten Breytenbach. Breytenbach, Breyten, photograph. Reproduced by permission. Overview Breyten Breytenbach is one of the major postwar poets writing in Afrikaans, the language derived from Dutch and spoken by the first white settlers in South Africa. It also led to the segregation of living areas within South Africa, with black citizens of different cultural groups kept separate from each other; this allowed the white Afrikaners, who made up a small percentage of the population, to remain in control of the large nonwhite population. Though Breytenbach was a member of the ruling Afrikaners, witnessing the unfairness of apartheid firsthand helped to shape much of his later work. Life in Paris and Early Works.