The poetry of R. F. Ratshitanga: a critical evaluation of the poetry of protest

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Milubi, Ntshavheni Alfred
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University of the Free State
In chapter one, definitions are given on what poetry and poets are, whereas in chapter two, an emphasis is put on imagery in Ratshitanga's poetry. His imagery clarifies the object of his description. It helps readers to re-live the inhumane situations in which they find themselves. Chapter three deals with symbolism which enriches and intensifies hi-poetry. It perforce his inner feelings. This is meant to evoke latent emotions in the readers. Symbolism is followed by his artistry and technique in chapter four. These are used to project his protest against the ills of his society. In chapter five, Ratshianga's protest in his poetry awakens people to self-awareness. It shakes them from their sleeping stupor. The last chapter evokes a feeling of social responsibility in everybody. Ratshianga shows that every man has a right to throw away the shackles that bind him and cause bitterness in his life.· He maintains that the attainment of freedom is not only an individual task, but a concerted effort that must pervade any societal set-up.
Dissertation (M.A. (African languages))--University of the Free State (Qwaqwa Campus), 1983, Ratshi̳tanga, R. F. -- Criticism and interpretation, Venda poetry -- History and criticism