Thesis Writers in South Africa

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University of the Witwatersrand
2013
SOUTH AFRICAN POETRY
University of the Witwatersrand
2013
SOUTH AFRICAN POETRY

Write a comparative essay in which you provide a close critical analysis of Lisa Combrinck ‘To the Reader and Eva Bezwoda’s ‘A Woman’s Hands’. You should discuss each poet’s treatment of themes relating to womanhood and the desire for freedom. Considering relevant contextual issues as and read where appropriate.
University of the Witwatersrand
WISEMAN SHABALALA
722901
ENGL1003

Write a comparative essay in which you provide a close critical analysis of Lisa Combrinck ‘To the Reader and Eva Bezwoda’s ‘A Woman’s Hands’. You should discuss each poet’s treatment of themes relating to womanhood and the desire for
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In Eva’s poem one could suggest that the idea of freedom connects with Lisa’s idea based on the fact that she wants to extricate herself from the status quo of womanhood in her society completely. She argues against the traditional role of a woman in the apartheid regime and has a strong desire to free herself from all types of bondage and obligation even those related to spiritualty (lines 6 and 7).
The use of free verse, when paying attention to the poetic devices used in these poems, works as a tool that displays rebellion and the desire for freedom. In Lisa‘s poem she makes it clear that freedom cannot be achieved without the realisation of the woman’s value and that the struggle will indefinitely continue unless people spare some time to love. The idea of erotic love can also be included in the idea of people loving one another because, according to ‘To the Reader’ in ( lines 11 -12) in this activity a sense of freedom is realised and expressed. Within the idea of freedom Lisa also suggests that everyone is held captive by hate because “No one is in love with the struggle” (line 13).Lisa’s thesis can be abridged in this idea;
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