Click to enlarge
Rage, rage against the dying of the light,
by Bertie du Plessis
inspired Rika Cilliers to
the poem Herkenning
HS (Rika) Cilliers studied Afrikaans and Dutch at Stellenbosch
University, where she obtained a BA and MA (1972 -1975).
Since 1975 she lectured at the Randse Afrikaanse University. She taught literature, Afrikaans as well as Dutch (also 17th century) and was an inspiring teacher. She also often addressed reading circles on particular works of Afrikaans literature.
Rika Cilliers was married to Mauritz Preller and they had a son, also Mauritz. On 27 April 1999 Rika died as a result of liver failure. She had been suffering from depression for a long time. At the time of her death she lived in Northcliff, Johannesburg.
Rika with the great Dutch author Willem Frederik Hermans (1926-1995) in March 1983 in Stellenbosch. She sent him this letter together with the 2 photos on this page.
O. a. Debora, Tafelberg, 1977
Vlier, Tafelberg, 1990
Spirakel, Tafelberg, 1996
The following translation (by Bertie du Plessis)
is an extract in Rika's fourth and last volume of poetry,
Spirakel (Spiracle), pp 57- 58, and refers to the
painting, titled "Rage, rage against the dying of the light"
by Bertie du Plessis, 1990 airbrush acrylic on canvas
80 cm by 120 cm. In the possession of Dr & Mrs BP Botha
'No Polaroid can equal your airbrush
'And you, whom I recognise for a flower,
'first the iris flaps its wings, then withers,
Haak my hart aan geen poskaart of almanak
from: Lykgedigte (Tafelberg, 2000).
I need more information, please contact me!
www.StellenboschWriters.com © Rosemarie Breuer