Dennis Vincent Brutus

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  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)

Dennis Brutus, poet and anti-apartheid sports activist, has been a champion of human rights his entire life. His poetry is political, but ranges from the lyrical intensity of A Simple Lust and the narrative complexity of Letters to Martha to the, at times, slack, occasional and sloganeering. This degeneration has less to do with a loss of his poetic skills than with an increasingly political and impatient “literary” environment among the oppressed in South Africa.

Dennis Brutus was born on November 28th 1924, in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) to South African parents. Francis Henry Brutus and Margaret Winifred Bloemetjie were teachers, who moved to the coastal town of Port Elizabeth, …

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McLuckie, Craig. "Dennis Vincent Brutus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 May 2003
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Articles on Brutus' works

  1. Airs and Tributes
  2. China Poems
  3. Poems from Algiers
  4. Still the Sirens