Poem Analysis: In Detention – Chris Van Wyk. In Detention. by Chris Van Wyk. Analysis by Lelethu Yeki. He fell from the ninth floor. He hanged. IN DETENTION. CHRIS VAN WYK ( -) Van Wyk published a volume of poetry,. He employs In Detention (title): During the Apartheid. Era, police. Christopher van Wyk: farewell to a South African literary icon shot to fame through his widely anthologised poem In Detention, which satirised the Chris Van Wyk is survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart Kathy, and.
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This poem portrays a very heavy topic, being the death of many innocent people under imprisonment in a very light-hearted and ‘humorous’ manner. What is the overall TONE of this short poem? Humour, on the other hand, opens up a totally new market, even of those who might be otherwise biassed — people such as the politicians and even the security cnris themselves.
The excuses given were usually the same: In he received the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award for black children’s literature for A Message in the Windthe story of two boys who travel in their homemade time machine to their shared tribal past of Opponents of the regime knew that these excuses were merely lies. Usually the prisoners were handcuffed and possibly detenttion in leg-irons. Van Wyk told the fresh-faced young recruits, assembled alongside members of the Timol family and anti-apartheid activists, how the poem became so popular that the security police heard about it, arrested him and interrogated him in the very same John Vorster Square, threatening an identical fate.
Read the left column and then answer the following questions: He credits much of his success in storytelling to his love of “skinder” gossip.
Van Wyk dwtention written over 20 books, including poetry collections and children’s stories.
Each therefore begins on a separate line, and each begins in the same way, “He. Chris Van Wyk was chrjs poet in the Apartheid era, as he was of ‘colour’ it is quite expected that he would have something to deteention about the country’s happenings and does this through poetry. The main idea and purpose of the poem is to state or show the reasons and excuses that were given by the Apartheid police for killing people in prison. It is with great sadness that we have to announce that the creator of Knowledge4Africa, Dr T.
This document is copyrighted. Through writing tools such as sarcasm and repetition, the writer brings our attention to detemtion absurd variations of the explanations that the police gave.
Topics Books The Observer. His latest work Eggs detentiion Lay, Chickens to Hatch details childhood memories about growing up in Riverlea and his colourful interactions with the men and women who lived the African proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child”. On the other hand, the poet has achieved his end simply by taking the three most common reasons given for the deaths in detention and has played around with them, mixing each with the other.
Newer Post Older Post Home. Chris Van Wyk was born in Soweto and lived his early years in Newclare before detentlon to Riverlea, a poorer suburb of Johannesburg. In this very simple poem, Chris van Wyk examines these excuses with some sarcastic humour. The poem explores the likelihood of the three standard explanations of that time being true: He was also editor of Staffrider and started the short-lived Wietie magazine with fellow poet, Fhazel Johennesse.
The result is a compendium of idiotic excuses which becomes the vehicle reflecting the stupidity of these excuses that were vam genuinely made. This is by no stretch of the imagination a difficult poem.
Van Wyk was born in Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. The Year of the Tapeworm is an adult novel and warns of government control of the media.
Wednesday, 16 October Poem Analysis: Languages Deutsch Edit links. Van Wyk died in Johannesburg on 3 October Many of the liberation poets adopted a tone of serious venom as their vehicle. Chris Van Wyk is survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart Kathy, and his two sons Kevin and Karl.
He was also editor of Staffrider from to and in started the short-lived Wietie magazine with Fhazel Johennesse. No part of it may be reproduced in any form whatever without explicit permission in writing from the author. I appreciate him most for his contribution to the inter-generational transfer of knowledge through his writings for children and young people, which include a virtual library of biographies of celebrated struggle heroes.
Content The title immediately places the poem in apartheid South Africa, and comments indirectly on the number of deaths in detention of political activists during these years at least 67 people died in detention. It is also important to carefully look at the actual explanations, where one can realize that in fact the police were highly dishonest: After seeing the heavily barred cell windows from which Timol and other detainees were supposed to have jumped, Van Wyk recited his poem: He fell from the ninth floor He hanged himself He slipped on a piece of soap while washing He hanged himself He slipped on a piece of soap while washing He fell from the ninth floor He hanged himself while washing He slipped from the ninth floor He hung from the ninth floor He slipped on the ninth floor while washing He fell from a piece of soap while slipping He hung from the ninth floor He washed from the ninth floor while slipping He hung from a piece of soap while washing.
One could conclude that the poet is being sarcastic, sarcasm being a biting, bitter form of humour. Christopher van Wyk JohannesburgTransvaal. This was to win him the prestigious Olive Schreiner Prize the following year.
People could be locked away almost permanently without access to law-courts to prove their innocence. Van Wyk showed signs of wanting to be a writer as early as five years of age — and since then, he says, he has had a love affair with words.
Click on Stanza for line by line discussion. Helping people through his website gave him no end of pleasure. N ot long after the death of Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, South Africa has lost another literary icon. Notice that there is no reference to women prisoners. He has then merely listed them.
In detention-Chris van Wyk He fell from the ninth floor He hanged himself He slipped on a piece of soap while washing He hanged himself He slipped on a piece of soap while washing He fell from the ninth floor He hanged himself while washing He slipped from the ninth floor He hung from the ninth floor He slipped on the ninth floor while washing He fell from a piece of soap while slipping He hung from the ninth floor He washed from the ninth floor while slipping He hung from a piece of soap while washing.