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About poets

Poet
List of English-language poets
Poets of other languages

Spoken poetry • Oral poetry
World poetry • English poetry
Old English • Middle English
Renaissance • Restoration
Augustan • Romantic
Victorian • Modernist

Schools and movements

Cavalier  • Metaphysical
Augustan • Graveyard • Romantic
Pre-Raphaelites • Georgians
Symbolism • Surrealism
Imagists • Fugitives
Objectivists • Confessional
Black Mountain • Beats
Language poets • Deep image
Expansive • New Formalism
List of groups and movements

Country and region

English poetry • Scottish poetry
Anglo-Welsh • British poets
Irish poetry • Irish poets
American poetry • U.S. poets
African-American • Chicano
Canadian poetry • poets
Timeline of Canadian poetry
Caribbean poetry • poets
Australian poetry • poets
New Zealand poetry • NZ poets
Anglo-Indian poetry • poets
Asian English-language poets South African poetry • SA poets
African Engiish-language poets

Infrastructure

List of literary critics
List of literary magazines
List of poetry anthologies
List of poetry awards
List of poetry organizations
Online poetry resources

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South African poetry covers a broad range of themes, forms, and styles, reflective of the diversity of its cultures and complex historical influences.

As with the rest of the African continent, the two primary traditions that have shaped the South African poetry landscape are the written / published word and the ancient oral traditions . These works are written and recited in English, Afrikaans and the range of indigenous South African languages, the mostly predominant of these being Zulu and Xhosa. Traditional indigenous literature includes oral poetry forms such as “izibongo” - praise poetry with the traditional role of the ‘imbongi’ or praise poet as social commentator and jester of the times, to a significant extent being taken up in the form of spoken word , by younger generations of poets living in an urban setting.

"From the ritual songs and stories of the country's earliest inhabitants to the rousing calls to action by anti-apartheid artists, oral poetry has always been an integral part of South Africa's literary and cultural heritage." Voicing the Text: South African Oral Poetry and Performance - Duncan Brown, 1999

National annual poetry festivals such as Poetry Africa , Urban Voices, WordFest (as part of the annual National Arts Festival), Badilisha Poetry X-Change, and now the online podcasting platform Badilisha Poetry Radio, as well as rapidly increasing access to the internet over the last two decades, has accelerated South African poets’ exposure to historical archives and current global trends in poetry. These have encouraged the growth, visibility and appreciation of this literary form within the country. Template:Culture of South Africa Template:Refimprove

AEdit

  1. Lionel Abrahams (1928-2004), English
  2. Tatamkulu Afrika (1920-2002), English
  3. Mike Alfred
  4. Ingrid Andersen

BEdit

  1. Gabeba Baderoon
  2. Shabbir Banoobhai
  3. Sinclair Beiles
  4. Robert Berold (born 1948), English
  5. Vonani Bila
  6. Roy Blumenthal
  7. Herman Charles Bosman
  8. Breyten Breytenbach
  9. Dennis Brutus (1924-2009), English
  10. Guy Butler

CEdit

  1. Roy Campbell (1901-1957), South Africa / England, English
  2. Charl Cilliers
  3. Sue Clark
  4. Johnny Clegg
  5. Jack Cope
  6. Jeremy Cronin
  7. Patrick Cullinan
  8. Gary Cummiskey
  9. Sheila Cussons

DEdit

  1. Achmat Dangor
  2. Ingrid de Kok
  3. Isobel Dixon (born 1969), South Africa / England, English
  4. Modikwe Dikobe
  5. Angifi Dladla
  6. I D du Plessis
  7. Finuala Dowling

EEdit

  1. Elisabeth Eybers (1915-2007), Afrikaans

FEdit

  1. Kingsley Fairbridge (1885-1924), English
  2. Gus Ferguson
  3. Sheila Meiring Fugard

GEdit

  1. Perceval Gibbon (1879-1926), English
  2. Keith Gottschalk
  3. Stephen Gray
  4. Robert Greig
  5. Mafika Gwala

HEdit

  1. Megan Hall
  2. Joan Hambidge
  3. William Robert Hamilton (1891-1917), English
  4. Colleen Higgs
  5. Robert Homem
  6. Christopher Hope (born 1944), English
  7. Peter Horn
  8. Allan Kolski Horwitz

JEdit

  1. Alan James
  2. Wopko Jensma
  3. Liesl Jobson
  4. Sarah Johnson
  5. Ingrid Jonker

KEdit

  1. Aryan Kaganof
  2. Anne Kellas
  3. Keorapetse Kgositsile (born 1938), English
  4. Edith L.M. King (1871-1962), English
  5. Olga Kirsch
  6. Rustum Kozain
  7. Uys Krige
  8. Antjie Krog
  9. Anton Krueger
  10. Mazisi Kunene (1930-2006), Zulu

LEdit

  1. Cornelis Jacobus Langenhoven
  2. C. Louis Leipoldt
  3. Douglas Livingstone (1932–1996), Natal, English

MEdit

  1. Don Maclennan
  2. Mzi Mahola
  3. Chris Mann
  4. Andrew Martens
  5. John Mateer
  6. Don Mattera (born 1935), English
  7. James Matthews
  8. Mzwakhe Mbuli
  9. Kim McClenaghan
  10. Michelle McGrane
  11. Sheila Meiring Fugard
  12. Joan Metelerkamp
  13. S.E.K. Mqhayi
  14. Ruth Miller
  15. Abdul Milazi
  16. Kobus Moolman
  17. Isabella Motadinyane
  18. Seitlhamo Motsapi
  19. Casey Motsisi
  20. Oswald Mtshali

NEdit

  1. Arthur Nortje (1942-1970), English

OEdit

  1. D.J. Opperman

PEdit

  1. Karen Press
  2. Thomas Pringle (1789-1834), Scotland / South Africa, English

REdit

  1. Lesego Rampolokeng (born 1965), English
  2. Azila Talit Reisenberger
  3. Robert Royston

SEdit

  1. Arja Salafranca
  2. Sipho Sepamla (1932-2007)
  3. Mongane Wally Serote (born 1944)
  4. Steve Shapiro
  5. Adam Small

TEdit

  1. Totius

VEdit

  1. Ernst van Heerden
  2. Christopher van Wyk
  3. A.G. Visser
  4. Benedict Wallet Vilakazi
  5. Gert Vlok Nel

WEdit

  1. Francis Walrond (1875-1948), English
  2. Crystal Warren
  3. Stephen Watson
  4. Mary Morison Webster
  5. George Weideman
  6. David Wright

XEdit

  1. Makhosazana Xaba

See alsoEdit

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