The work of Breyten Breytenbach includes numerous volumes of poetry, novels, and essays, many of which are in Afrikaans, many translated. Two Poems. Breyten Breytenbach. a footnote under the night of history in the night when everything was black burnt to a cross of ash on the blind glass and the. this is the season when the dreamer, swathed in dark remembrances like an infant swaddled in the weavings of night, often sobs in his sleep this is the season.

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University of Cape Town. Create new account Request new password. Right at the beginning when we were still slim with answers as white as teeth and supple eyes, and you innocent, and my desire a snake mousing for your wrinkled nut — right then and there I wanted poemms write you a poem. Published under a Creative Commons License.

His committed opposition to apartheid policy compelled him to leave South Africa for ParisFrancein the early s, where he married a French woman rbeytenbach Vietnamese ancestry, Yolande, due to which he was not allowed to return: To translate metaphors is never easy and Breytenbach sometimes makes this task near impossible—for example, the use of two Afrikaans words, almost-homonyms on which the meaning turns. InBreytenbach published Lady One: The work of Breyten Breytenbacn includes numerous volumes of poetry, novels, and essays, many of which are in Afrikaans, many translated from Afrikaans to English, and many published originally in English.

His breytenbbach published work, Die ysterkoei moet sweet The Iron Cow Must Sweat, was hailed as a triumph of Afrikaans poetry, breaking new ground in structure, metre, and imagery. Content in this edit is translated from the existing German Wikipedia article at [[: Part of a series on.


Now when my end is rising over the horizon with bleached sails — a first and last island where only the beyten dog waits in faith I fold this writing in two, woman, and lay it, hidden in the envelope of a lost beginning, like an unavailable homecoming at your door.

The perfect gift for your loved ones. A committed opponent to apartheid in South Africa, Breytenbach established the resistance group Okhela, and from he was a political prisoner in South African prisons serving two terms of solitary confinement. Do you like this poet?

Breyten Breytenbach

August Click [show] for important translation instructions. A human rights activist, Breytenbach established an apartheid resistance group and was held as a political prisoner posms South Africa for seven years.

After his release he returned to Paris where he obtained French citizenship. InBreytenbach published his first poetry collection, Die ysterkoei moet sweetin Afrikaans.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He lives in Paris and New York. He has exhibited in many countries.

in a burning sea (Breyten Breytenbach)

beeyten Breyten Breytenbach is a renowned poet, painter, activist, and novelist. Painting Blue a sinking Ship. South African History Online. At the time the days were unthinking and nights long enough to dream Time was for ever. The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act of and The Immorality Act made it a criminal offence for a white person to have any sexual relations with a person of a different race.

Notes on South Africa’s Failed Revolution”. He is considered one of the greatest living poets in Afrikaans.

Today I Went Down

Breyten Breytenbach is a South African writer known for his poets and essays engaging with the apartheid and his experiences as a political prisoner.

He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including a four-volume cycle chronicling his experiences in South Africa. Breytennach article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in Afrikaans.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Breyten Breytenbach. I aimed for the innermost moon and rent, moved by the syntax and the slow of sadness and of joy, so I love you, love you so when the blinding comes, the discomposure of silence, it must be high up the hills where hundreds of poor stamp their feet in the dust, and drums and woman voices like this ululating skyline gag the final ecstasy. Reprinted by permission of Harcourt, Inc.


Breytenbavh is the father of the French journalist Daphnee Breytenbach. This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat On an illegal clandestine trip to South Africa in he was arrested and sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment for high treason: In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

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Deel eenEmmarentia, essays All One Horse. I aimed for the innermost moon and rent, moved by the syntax and the slow of sadness and of joy, so I love you, love you so when the blinding comes, the discomposure of silence, it Breytenbach’s work includes numerous volumes of novels, poetry and essays, many of which are in Afrikaans.

Skip to main content. He was born in in the small town of Bonnievale, South Africa.

Today I Went Down by Breyten Breytenbach – Poems |

Retrieved 30 July Prison poetry — Die ongedanste dans. His literary work has been translated into many languages and he has been honoured with numerous literary and art awards. Thus, more or less, were the trails of the verse. He is informally considered as the national poet laureate by Afrikaans -speaking South Africans of the region.