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A conversation spanning three millenia: A poetic re-invention of Homer’s Iliad by T.T. Cloete

Marlies Taljard
Literator | Vol 33, No 2 | a399 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v33i2.399 | © 2012 Marlies Taljard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 October 2012 | Published: 18 December 2012

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Marlies Taljard, School of Languages, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


The aim of this article is to analise the poem ‘Achilles se skild’ (The shield of Achilles) by T.T. Cloete, from his volume of poetry onversadig (unquenched) (2011). The poem, as narrated by Cloete, will be compared with the original text as we find it in the Iliad of Homer. In the first section of the article the symbolic meaning of the shield which Hephaistos makes, will be explored. Subsequently it will be demonstrated how Cloete appropriates and adapts the material from the Iliad to forge a philosophy of life which is in correspondance with the rest of the volume of poetry onversadig and his poetic oeuvre.


Cloete TT; Ekphrasis; Homer; Iliad; Achilles Shield


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