Die vrou in T.T. Cloete se “toepassings van dante”

Ward, Ronel (1998-04)

CITATION: Ward, R. 1998. Die vrou in T.T. Cloete se “toepasslngs van dante”. Literator, 19(1): 5-18, doi: 10.4102/lit.v19i1.509.

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In T.T. Cloete's fourth collection o f poems, Idiolek (1986), several references are made to the poetry of Dante Alighieri. At the core of this collection are three poems under the heading "toepasslngs van dante". The first, "Silhoeëi van Beatrice ", is a description of the outline o f Beatrice's naked body. The second poem, "mooi marllyn monroe foto In rooi", is based on a pin-up o f Marilyn Monroe posing naked against a backdrop o f red velvet. Although these two women are almost exact opposites - Beatrice possessing a divine beauty and an almost Christ-like nature, whereas Marilyn Monroe is portrayed as a dumb blonde and sex symbol o f the fifties - the two poems are suspiciously similar in style and content. Both women are portrayed as being fundamentally perfect ("fundamenteel petfek"). In symbolizing the same virtues, they lose their unique and contrasting characteristics, and merge into a symbol o f female perfection. Although the third poem, "columbae ", does not have the Beatrice/Marilyn Monroe-flgure as subject matter, it can be read as dealing with the isst4e of individuality and uniqueness, thus commenting on the previous two poems.

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