n Stilet : Tydskrif van die Afrikaanse Letterkundevereniging - Die moontlikhede van Julia Kristeva se revolusionêre poëtiese taal : 'n ondersoek na 'n leesstrategie vir Gilbert Gibson se hermetiese poësie in [vii]

Volume 25 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1013-4573


The so-called hermetic or inaccessible poem is, inter alia, characterised by semantic gaps, posing a challenge to even sophisticated readers to reconstruct meaning during a reading of the text. Within the Afrikaans literary system, the poetry of Gilbert Gibson is an excellent - if not the only - example of hermetic poetry. This article investigates the possibility of offering a reading strategy that might aid readers in their approach to Gibson's hermetic poetry in [vii](2013). Theoretically the article draws on the ideas of Julia Kristeva regarding the semiotic and the symbolic language, each of which represents a distinct modality that finds itself in an ongoing dialectical relationship with the other, allowing for a creative conflict. Ultimately, the proposed reading strategy makes use of Kristeva's notions of sens and sentient time and explores how poetic language represents a process in which sensory experiences, including unconscious contents, are made into language. Four poems are analysed in order to evaluate the practical applicability of the proposed strategy for actual texts by Gibson.

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