SA Poetry Essay Queston

2010 ENGL1003

ESSAY QUESTION ON SOUTH AFRICAN POETRY

DUE DATE: MONDAY 3 MAY, 2010, 8.00 – 14.00, SH 3022/3

Write a critical analysis of ‘To learn how to speak’ by Jeremy Cronin. Pay attention to the way in which form conveys meaning, highlighting elements that convey a local flavour and significance to the poem.

Note: As preparation for your critical analysis, you should

i) consider the different ways in which form conveys meaning in poetry.

ii) do some contextual research into the life and historical background of the poet.

iii) explore the meanings of particular South African words and the effect of their use on the poem’s meaning.

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