n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Tussen "Grense" en "Groot ode". 'n Klein essay oor die poësie van N.P. Van Wyk Louw (1906-1970)

Volume 46, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


The centennial of N.P. van Wyk Louw (1906-1970) brings with it a need for a reevaluation of his stature as poet. In this article Van Wyk Louw's poetry is compared with, and contrasted to the oeuvres of leading poets in Afrikaans such as D.J. Opperman, Breyten Breytenbach and Antjie Krog. His last long poem, "Groot ode" (from Tristia, 1962) is read with a focus on the heretofore somewhat neglected archaeological and paleololithical motifs concerning the prehistory of man ("the mind in the cave" as Lewis-Williams formulated it in a recent book). The poem is also analysed for its modernist characteristics, with specific reference to T.S. Eliot's (1922), one of the pinnacles of modernism. The article aims to ascertain the stature of the poet in 2006, within a national and international framework. The conclusion is reached that "Groot ode" still holds its own as a particular apex of intellectual and creative achievement in Afrikaans literature.

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