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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Living with grace on the earth : the poetic voice in Antjie Krog's : research article

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Abstract

"A change of tongue", Antjie Krog's second creative non-fiction, articulates experiences of the postapartheid quotidian in two tongues : that of the journalist and that of the poet. This article examines Krog's various instantiations of the poetic voice, and argues that the site of the body is crucial to Krog's understanding of how languages and landscapes are translated into human experiences of belonging, alienation and self-expression. The voice that is inspired by, and best conjures these acts of somatic translation is the poetic voice, Krog suggests. The article argues that Krog endows the poetic tongue with particular capacities for synaesthetic perception and for modes of imagining that surrender many of the limitations we ascribe to other registers and grammars. Despite the profusion of challenges and setbacks expressed by the evidence-oriented journalist, the three poetic strands in the text, which are identified and explored in this article, provide a space of meditation and of refreshed language in which processes of hopeful revivification can occur.


"A change of tongue", Antjie Krog se tweede nie-fiksiewerk in Engels, verwoord alledaagse postapartheidservarings in twee perspektiewe, naamlik dié van die joernalis en dié van die digter. Hierdie artikel ondersoek gebruiksvoorbeelde van die digterstem in hierdie teks en voer aan dat die terrein van die liggaam bepalend is vir Krog se begrip van die wyse waarop tale en landskappe in menslike ervarings van geborgenheid, vervreemding en selfuitdrukking vertaal word. In die teks suggereer Krog dat dit die digterstem is wat sulke dade van somatiese vertaling ten beste inspireer, en wederkerig hierdeur geïnspireer word. In hierdie artikel word betoog dat Krog aan die digterlike tongval bepaalde vermoëns vir sinestetiese waarneming sowel as verbeeldingsvorme toeskryf wat baie van die beperkings wat ons met ander registers assosieer, oorkom. Ten spyte van die talle uitdagings en terugslae wat die bewys-gedrewe joernalis voorhou, skep die drie digterlike lyne in die teks 'n ruimte vir meditasie en verkwikte taalgebruik waarin bemoedigende hergeboorteprosesse voltrek kan word.

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2009-08-01
2016-12-05
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