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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Destruksie ten minste tien maal beklemtoon - 'n interpretasie van "Kraak die aardbol langs 'n naat" van Wilma Stockenström : research article
Destruction at least ten times emphasized : an interpretation of"Kraak die aardbol langs 'n naat" ("Cracking the earth along the seam")by Wilma Stockenstrom
In this article the value of syntactical analysis in the interpretation of apoem is investigated from the premise that emphasis can be effected interalia in the following ways: (a) by contravening certain rules that apply instandard language usage in order to compose grammatical sentences, b)the exploitation of parallel syntactical structures, and c) the relationshipbetween sentence unit and line, and line and/or stanza. These theoreticalpoints of departure form the basis of the syntactical analysis of "Kraak dieaardbol langs 'n naat" (Wilma Stockenström), in which there are numerousdeviations from the expected, normal and usual ways of constructingsentences. It is by these means that the semantic values gain prominence:the attention is drawn to the deviating behaviour of mankind continuing todestruct the earth until nothing remains. It is evident that the repeated useof irony and the satirical tone of this poem also contribute to persuade thereader to behave in a way opposite to that depicted in the poem. In thisway the value of a syntactical analysis of this poem is illustrated. Byuncovering the micro-structures (syntactical units) within the (macro-)structure (the poem), underlying patterns and the place of humanity in theuniverse can be better understood. In this way the analysis of this poem isthen linked to the field of ecocriticism.
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