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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - 'Op de wijze van Kavafis' : die voorbeeld van die digter uit Alexandrië : original research

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Abstract

Die Griekse digter K.P. Kavafis (1863-1933) word wêreldwyd deur lesers sowel as skrywers besonder hoog geag. Hy het nie net van die grootste twintigste-eeuse skrywers beïnvloed nie, maar is vanweë die buitengewone vertaalbaarheid van sy werk ook betreklik sterk teenwoordig in die letterkunde van meer tale as slegs Grieks en Engels. Vir baie - veral gay lesers, skrywers en kunstenaars - besit Kavafis 'n voorbeeldstatus, ten opsigte van die letterkunde sowel as die lewe. W.H. Auden het beweer dat dit wat Kavafis onderskei, sy stemtoon is, een wat 'n persoon met 'n unieke perspektief op die wêreld openbaar. Hierdie bydrae, wat deel is van 'n navorsingsprojek oor idiolektiese skrywersidentiteit, is daarop gerig om die onderskeidende kenmerke van Kavafis se werk, sowel in terme van vorm as inhoud, opnuut te ondersoek. Dit word gedoen binne die raamwerk van die breë kritiese diskoers oor Kavafis en met verwysing na enkele manifestasies/voorbeelde van Nederlandse en Afrikaanse kritiese en kreatiewe perspektiewe op sy poësie, met die doel om spesifiek lig te werp op die besondere soort wysheid wat in Kavafis se werk oorgedra word.


The Greek poet C.P. Cavafy (1863-1933) is held in high esteem around the world by readers and authors alike. He had influenced not only some of the greatest authors of the twentieth century, but due to the fact that his work lends itself particularly well to translation, he is also a relatively strong presence in literatures other than Greek and English. For many - most notably gay readers, authors and artists - Cavafy holds an exemplary status both in terms of literature and life. W.H. Auden has argued that, what ultimately distinguishes Cavafy, is his tone of voice which reveals a person with a unique perspective on the world. Within the context of a research project on idiolectic author identity, this contribution attempts to review the distinguishing features of Cavafy's work in terms of both form and content. This is done within the framework of the broad critical discourse on Cavafy, and with reference to some manifestations or examples of a Dutch and Afrikaans critical and creative perspective on his poetry, with the aim to shed specific light on the special kind of wisdom communicated in Cavafy's work.

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2014-01-01
2016-12-03
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