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Opperman, Diederik Johannes (1914–1985) By du Plooy, Heilna

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1875-1
Published: 26/04/2018
Retrieved: 21 June 2024, from


Dirk Opperman is known as a poet whose poetry is deeply concerned with Africa as a physical and symbolic space. As a dominant poetic figure from the late 1940s until his death, he exerted great influence in the sphere of Afrikaans literature as advisor on new manuscripts for publishers and as editor of comprehensive, canonizing collections of poetry. He also exerted great influence on young poets for whom he provided training in his so-called ‘literary laboratory’ in Stellenbosch.

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du Plooy, Heilna. Opperman, Diederik Johannes (1914–1985). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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