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Ekstratekstuele relasies van 'spieël' in die poësie van Breyten Breytenbach

J. Ferreira
Literator | Vol 9, No 3 | a850 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v9i3.850 | © 1988 J. Ferreira | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 May 1988 | Published: 07 May 1988

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J. Ferreira,, South Africa

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Extra-textual relations in the poetry of Breyten Breytenbach are regarded as having the same importance as intra-textual relations. Focusing on extra-textual relations, references to “mirror” show non-literary extra-textual relations to the “mirror mind” of Buddhism. This relation is constituted by literary extra-textual relations between four analysed poems. All other references to “mirror” in the oeuvre are listed for comparison in this framework. The Buddhist principle of unity underlying this poetry becomes a textual strategy. The reader is guided towards a reading process in which no single poem is to be considered as a bearer of the full meaning. Interrelated with all other poems in the oeuvre, each single poem is only an aspect, a flowing image, in the “mirror mind” of this poetry.


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