Host and Parasite in Setswana Poetry: An Intertextual Analysis of Themes: Protest and Love

Keywords: intertextuality; protest; love; poetry; theme


The article explores two themes in Setswana poetry conveyed through poetic aestheticism, namely, protest and love. The theme of protest is an expression of dissent or opposition against an inhumane political system whereas the premise of love signifies fulfilment and gratification of feelings. The aim of the study is to determine the intertextual relationship of Batswana poets regarding protest and love and to establish whether this connection reflects a parasite-host or host-parasite relationship in literature. The study confines itself to D. M. Mothoagae’s poems (that have not been explored exhaustively) and investigates how these poems feed on other Batswana poets’ works.