De derde leeftijd in versvorm - Verweerskrif van Antjie Krog | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 16, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1388-3186
  • E-ISSN: 2352-2437


The South-African writer and poet Antjie Krog (1952) became very well-known because of highly personal accounts of the political and social situation in her motherland. In her poetry Krog tends to be even more personal, with her lyrical subjects aging together with her, following her own lifeline. The female body is a recurring theme in her poetry. The collection of poetry (2006, in English, in Dutch) is her most intimate and provocative book so far. In these verses Krog gives an account of how it feels for a woman to grow old(er), and addresses the unpleasant and often silenced aspects of female aging. She invents a new and subversive vocabulary for the third age and as such removes taboos and myths surrounding the discourse of the elderly, more specifically, the older woman going through menopause.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...
  • Article Type: Research Article
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error