For All Voices

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INTRODUCTION This essay discusses Antjie Krog`s poem, for all victims for all voices. The theme of the poem is reconciliation and a sense of belonging. This poem was written during the era of the truth and reconciliation commission hearings when South Africa had moved past the apartheid era and was focused on retaining reconciliation and nation building this poem was written to address the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation and moving South Africa forward as a new democracy. This essay seeks to critically anlayse the poem, for all voices, for all victims and its relation to the truth and reconciliation. Furthermore the tone and the usage of images in the poem are discussed to give a clear vision of the poem and the truth and reconciliation commission. For all victims, for all voices is a poem that mirrors the truth and reconciliation commission by refocusing on the act of asking for forgives and healing a nation using literature. Reconciliation and national belonging are the core objectives that his commission is hoping to achieve. The truth and reconciliation commission was established in 1996 to promote national unity and reconciliation. It was established after the abolishment of apartheid to heal a nation and make closure of all the brutal events that took place. This poem was written to amend, to give a new life and to create the spirit of togetherness amongst all South African citizens after the detrimental effects that apartheid had on South Africa. This poem is about apartheid, the gross human rights abuses and the eminent changes that will give life to a new democracy. This poem was written to develop a sense of belonging and to make sense of the country`s past and where it is going. Krog states that “because of y... ... middle of paper ... ...he poem for all victims, for all voices and its relation to the truth and reconciliation commission. The truth and reconciliation commission is fundamental because it gives Krog`s poem direction, it seeks to achieve the same objectives that the TRC has. It`s focus is based on forgiveness, reconciliation and moving a broken nation forward by giving it a new life through the TRC hearings. The objective is to create a spirit of togetherness and encourage all races to redeem themselves and the country by asking for forgiveness. This more of an appeal to the reader to correct their past ways and move forward in a new democracy. the manner of speech in this poem is remorseful and serious. The seriousness of this poem gives the reader the effect that this poem is emotional and it ISappealing to the to all mankind to get past the apartheid memories to a bright new democracy
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