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poet muses: BW Vilakazi poet (1906 – 1947)

Ezinkomponi ngoba ngimamatheka njalo ngikhombisa nokwenama, ngihlabelela nemphimbo, nom’ ungifik’ emgodini ngaphansi kwezinganeko zamatsh’ aluhlaz’ omhlaba sewuthi nginjengnsika Yon’ engezwa nabuhlungu Born in the same year of the Bambatha revolt against poll-taxes, BW’s full name was Bambatha Wallet Vilakazi, until...

poet muses: Ingrid Jonker, poet (1933 – 1965)

Described as a “sensitive child with a keen self-awareness and gifted beyond her years“, Ingrid Jonker started writing at a very young age. Na die Somer (After the Summer) is believed to be the first compilation of her poems when...

poet muses: Isabella Motadinyane, poet (1963 – 2003)

[caption id="attachment_4092" align="alignright" width="220"] source: © Poetry International Web[/caption] “isabella motadinyane was a born genius she went as far as grade 5 at school... highly spiritual person chosen by her ancestors to serve them as a sangoma to be... if...

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poet muses: Nontsizi Mgqwetho

Imbongikazi ya kwa Chizama Nontsizi Mqwetho, imbongikazi ya kwa Chizama, exploded onto the scene in 1920 when her poems were published in the Xhosa-language newspaper Umteteli wa Bantu. The poems, written in isiXhosa, were “swaggering, urgent, confrontational woman’s poetry”. Her...

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poet muses: HIE Dhlomo

The New African Herbert Isaac Ernest Dhlomo (1903 - 1956) is one of Afrika’s greatest intellectuals. A poet, essayist, journalist, librarian, short story writer and playwright, Dhlomo received his education at what is now known as Adams college in KwaZulu....