Original Research

Transforming a poem

T.T. Cloete
Literator | Vol 33, No 2 | a139 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v33i2.139 | © 2012 T.T. Cloete | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2012 | Published: 23 November 2012

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T.T. Cloete, Department of Afrikaans and Dutch, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa


N.P. van Wyk Louw wrote a short poem consisting of only two short verses. Syntactically both verses are incomplete, leaving open spaces at the beginning of verse 1 and at the end of verse 2. This allows the reader to fill in both open spaces in such a way that this single poem can be transformed into two, twenty and even more poems.


Incomplete Verses; Reader; Transforming Poem; Open Spaces


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