Introduction: Stimela: Railway Poems of South Africa

Wright, L.S. (2008) Introduction: Stimela: Railway Poems of South Africa. In: Stimela: Railway Poems of South Africa / selected and introduced by Laurence Wright. Echoing Green Press, Empangeni, South Africa, xii-xxx. ISBN 9780620419383




A collection of railway poems is an unusual undertaking. More than an exercise in nostalgia, this anthology captures a large slice of modern South African life, viewed from different perspectives. Many of South Africa’s best poets have written railway poems. This is unsurprising, for railways hold special meaning for a variety of people – people in all walks of life – who find them not only fascinating but emotionally sympatico. The place of railways in the South African economy is changing rapidly, and it will be interesting to see in the coming years whether the less personal, more streamlined business model that is taking shape will attract the same naïve fascination engendered by South African railways over the past two centuries.

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Additional Information:This piece is the Introduction to Stimela: Railway Poems of South Africa, an anthology of railway poetry published by Echoing Green Press in 2008.
Uncontrolled Keywords:railway poems; railways; railroads; South Africa; Cape to Cairo; Cecil Rhodes; Cecil John Rhodes; Lance Fallaw; Cullen Gouldsbury; B.W. Vilakazi; Demetrius Segooa; John Runcie; Rudyard Kipling; Edgar Wallace; R. Ellis Gerard; Guy Butler; Don Maclennan; Allen Cook; Mrs A. Steenkamp; Archie McNeil; Harold Sampson; Ruth Miller; Totius; Jessie Prisman; Chris Mann; Pauline Melunsky; Phillip de Bruyn; Tess Koller; Gavin Malcolm; Mbuyiseni Oswald Mtshali; Nerine Desmond; Tony Voss; Peter Clarke; Zola Sikiti; Mafika Gwala; Robert Berold; Anthony Shaw; Kathleen Wolfe; Edward Lurie; 'Fitzroy'
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Divisions:Research Institutes and Units > Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)
ID Code:1363
Deposited By: Prof Laurence Wright
Deposited On:13 May 2009
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