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oa Litnet Akademies : 'n Joernaal vir die Geesteswetenskappe, Natuurwetenskappe, Regte en Godsdienswetenskappe - "'n Almanak van klippe" : laatwerk en Breyten Breytenbach se

 

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Teoretiese aspekte van laatwerk en laat styl, soos uiteengesit deur veral Theodor W. Adorno, Kenneth Clark en Edward Said, word gebruik om Breytenbach se "skemerbundel", , te ontleed. Vanuit 'n vergelykende literêre raamwerk word Breytenbach vlugtig gelees in vergelyking met groot digters in die Afrikaanse poëtiese kanon, en ook binne 'n wyer intertekstuele konteks. Die klem is egter in hierdie eerste ondersoekende artikel merendeels op die apokaliptiese verse, asook 'n aanloop tot die ontsluiting van enkele besonder "duistere" verse in afdeling vier van die bundel, wat getipeer word deur laatwerk-tematiek en -styl.


The concept of the "late work" of artists is derived from Theodor W. Adorno's "Spätstil" in German - used for the late works of Ludwig von Beethoven such as the . The term refers to work produced by great artists towards the end of their lives. This does not of necessity always imply artists of advanced old age. Edward Said points out that other factors, such as "the decay of the body, the onset of ill health or other factors that even in a younger person bring on the possibility of an untimely end", might bring about a "new idiom, what I shall be calling a late style" (Said 2006:6) in the oeuvre of a specific writer, poet or musician. In this article the 72-year-old Breyten Breytenbach's last collection of poetry, published in 2011 under the title [The principle of matter], receives attention. Breytenbach is an older poet, nearing his "three score and ten". As arguably the strongest older Afrikaans poet (b. 1939), along with Antjie Krog, who is of a younger generation (b. 1952), he has now produced a poetry collection that may with impunity be described as "late work".

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