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Xhosa Poets and Poetry: (Second Edition, Updated and Revised)
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Price: R 385
Publication Date: 2017-06-01
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978 1 86914 321 3
Width: 150
Height: 230
Pages: 472


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PUBLICATIONS OF THE OPLAND COLLECTION OF XHOSA LITERATURE VOLUME 5

The Xhosa-speaking peoples who settled along the south-eastern seaboard of South Africa promoted traditions of praise poetry (izibongo), poetry produced orally by men and women, adults and children, about people, clans, ancestors and animals. Throughout the nineteenth century, authors who used the Xhosa language gradually developed the craft of composing poetry for publication in newspapers, and expanded this process in the twentieth century, when books containing secular literature appeared, but the practice of oral poetry persists, flourishing now as it did before the incursion of colonial settlers. The dominant poet in the community is the imbongi, who continues to produce poetry praising or criticising figures of authority on occasions of local and national significance.

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