n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Psalmberyming as poësieskepping

Volume 45, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


A rhymed version of a Biblical psalm as the object of academic study is generally regarded as reserved for the theologian and the hymnologist. The point of departure of this article is that a psalm should also be looked at from the angle of literature, a good psalm being a good poem, a poem in its own right. With this in view, a study was undertaken of the officially recognised rhymed versions in Afrikaans of the psalms by two major Afrikaans poets, the completion of their work seventy years in time removed from each other: Totius (pseudonym of Prof. J.D. du Toit) and Prof. T.T. Cloete, both winners of the most prestigious Afrikaans literary award, the Hertzog Prize, for their own poetry; as well as alternate versions of a sample of psalms by Prof. Lina Spies and Dr Antjie Krog, likewise poets of high rank. The study endorsed the thesis concerning the literary status of the psalms in general and of individual psalms in particular.

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