n English in Africa - Mountainous freedom : the awkward romance of two Capetonian poets




This was by way of commenting on Butler's view of Sydney Clouts's poetry. Clouts, considered by some the finest South African poet of his generation, had received a posthumous shredding in Watson's earlier essay, "Sydney Clouts and the Limits of Romanticism" (1986). Those limits were reached, in Watson's view, partly in Romanticism's "negation of modernity," and partly in failing to gain traction in the late-colonial dislocations of apartheid South Africa. Interestingly, Clouts had also contemplated the settler-inherited dilemmas of language and belonging via the thoughts of another South American poet, Jorge Luis Borges.


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