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Symbolism in the poetry of S.M. Burns-Ncamashe

Z. Mtumane
Literator | Vol 26, No 2 | a229 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v26i2.229 | © 2005 Z. Mtumane | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2005 | Published: 31 July 2005

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Z. Mtumane, Department of African Languages, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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In the introductory part of this article it is attempted to define the concept “symbolism”. This article examines the use of symbols and the symbolism embedded in the poetry of S.M. Burns- Ncamase. The symbols to be investigated include those alluding to authority, grief, witchcraft, good motherhood and strength. The aim of the discussion is to reveal the nature of the specific symbols the poet uses and the domains of reality that he explores and represents by means of certain symbols.

The poetry of Burns-Ncamashe to be considered in the ensuing discussion includes poems in the following volumes: Masibaliselane (1961), Izibongo zakwaSesile (1979) and those found in Tonjeni (1959). Poems on tapes (see T(XH/93)28, T(XH/90)317, T(XH/90)322 and T(XH/96)5) will also be considered for this discussion, as well as the unpublished poem “Aa! Dalubuhle”. In the concluding section a brief summary of the discussion and some findings are highlighted.


Burns-Ncamashe; Domains Of Reality; Semiotics; Symbolism In Burns-Ncamashes Poetry


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