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Matric Afrikaans (Poetry) Mind Map on Touloper, created by field.sophie on 18/10/2014.
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The speaker (a teenager) walks cautiously on a tightrope while being blamed for something they did wrong
"weer" (back) implies the 'storms' have happened before/happen frequently
'storms' is a metaphor for the conflict in the house between family members
Speaker is positioned as being courageous for braving the 'storm'
"voetjie vir voetjie" (foot by foot) & "skuifel" (slowly shuffling) show the speaker is walking cautiously on the tightrope and concentrating a lot
The "verwyt-winde" (winds of reproach) are explained
Lines in italics: things being said between speaker's parents/speaker's parents to speaker
The worried eyes of the speaker's mom & dad look at the speaker from below, but the speaker feels safe & removed. The speaker runs their tightrope through the house to the garden gate.
"gekwelde oe" (troubled eyes) explain position of speaker's family members
E.g. of personification
There's great distance between the speaker & their family members
Family members are far below speaker on the tightrope
Gives speaker feeling of safety as they're far away from the conflict
'Kollig-balanseertruuk' (spotlight balancing act)
The speaker's a tightrope walker performing in front of an audience
Under great pressure & being watched
'Kollig' (spotlight) implies outsiders can see the speaker's challenges
Outsiders could be friends, other family members & teachers
"Web" used unusually as a verb
To web the speaker's rope together (making it themselves)
"deurhandvatsels" (door handles) & "tuinhek" (garden gate) imply the speaker wants to escape
Ironic, as your parents' home should be a safe place
The flashing lights of the TV are like flashes of lightning in the 'storm'
The speaker walks high above the ground & feels removed from the conflict. The speaker focuses on the tightrope & moves forward with more certainty.
We see the distance between the speaker & their family
Speaker feels safe in spite of conflict raging below
There are reproaching winds that bother the speaker, but the speaker doesn't pay attention to them & only focuses on trying to 'balance' his/her life
"lewe" (life) brings movement & progression to last lines
"Voetjie vir voetjie" changed to "voet vir voet" & "skuifel" changed to "skuif"
Doesn't mean speaker is less cautious on the rightrope
Means he/she's become more comfortable with the balancing act
His/her feet are more steady & he/she moves with more confidence
We see clear progression
'Tou' (rope) 'Loper' (walker)
The speaker is a conflict-filled situation, but uses coping mechanisms to deal with & get through the situation
'Balanseertruuk' (balancing act)
'Verwyder uit' (removed from)
Free verse & no rhyme scheme
Long & short lines
Normal use of capital letters & punctuation
Sentence structure sometimes abnormal to emphasize certain things
Alliteration: "woed weer" & "verby die verwyt-winde"
Used to bind lines
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