Ingrid Jonker

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Ingrid Jonker (1933 – 1965) was an Afrikaans poet.


Although she wrote in Afrikaans, her poems have been widely translated into other languages. Jonker has reached iconic status in South Africa and is often called the South African Sylvia Plath, owing to the intensity of her work and the tragic course of her turbulent life.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Many of her poems have been set to music, and/or incorporated in various poetry reading, stage performances and plays (see for example Bitterbessie Dagbreek in 1996, ).

She wrote one play (one-act) 'n Seun na my Hart ("A son after my heart") about a mother's illusions about her handicapped son.


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