n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - The symbolic significance of P.T. Mtuze's poem "Isinagogo" in : research article

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



This article examines the symbols used by P.T. Mtuze in the poem, "Isinagogo", which is contained in "Uyavuth' umlilo" (1990). The symbols used in the poem include "isinagogo" (the black barbet), "amavukuthu" (the doves), "izadunge" (the dirty water ponds) and "umphathi wamavukuthu" (the master of the doves). In the discussion it will be illustrated how these symbols represent Nelson Mandela when he was a prisoner, the South African Police, the then State President of South Africa, P.W. Botha, and Robben Island. However, before the actual discussion of the symbols, an attempt will be made to define the concept of symbolism.

Hierdie artikel ondersoek die simboliek wat P.T. Mtuze gebruik in die gedig "Isinagogo", wat opgeneem is in "Uyavuth' umlilo" (1990). Die simboliek wat gebruik word in die gedig sluit in die "isinagogo" (die kuifkophoutkapper), "amavukuthu" (die duiwe), "izadunge" (die vuil waterpoele) en "umphathi wamavukuthu" (die meester van die duiwe). In die bespreking sal geïllustreer word hoe hierdie simbole Nelson Mandela as gevangene, die Suid Afrikaanse Polisie, die voormalige Staatspresident van Suid Afrika, P.W. Botha, en Robbeneiland uitbeeld. Daar sal egter eers gepoog word om die konsep "simboliek" te definieer.

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