Title: The concept of an owl depicted in ‘Makxothlo’ [The Owls]
Authors: Mojalefa, Mawatle Jerry
Citation: Acta Fakulty filozofické Západočeské univerzity v Plzni. 2010, č. 2, s. 151-164.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
Document type: article
článek
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11025/6423
ISSN: 1806–0364
Keywords: poezie;Jihoafrická republika;sepedi;literární motivy
Keywords in different language: poetry;Republic of South Africa;Sepedi;literary themes
Abstract: This article, argues that in his poem, ‘Makxothlo’ [The Owls] which is one of the shortest praise poems in Sepedi*, Lekgothoane praises nature more than traditional leaders and tribes. He praises the importance of birds in the lives of people, focusing more on the owl's nature than on culture and tradition. According to Bapedi (a nation speaking Sepedi) tradition and culture, people associate the owls with the concept of death. Notwithstanding this, Lekgothoane confirms that the owl concept can also symbolize life. Therefore this concept is meaningful and significant in the lives of Bapedi. Lekgothoane tries to explain the term, the owls, so that it becomes a concept that surprises readers. The concept becomes alien in the minds of readers for the owls are no longer defined according to their custom and habit; they have been transformed into a species of living beings. Therefore readers start to observe Lekgothoane's intention about these owls. They are distinct from the owls the reader is familiar with. The poet employs paradox to interpret the symbolic meaning of the owls.
Rights: © Západočeská univerzita v Plzni
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