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Jacob Daniël 'Totius' du Toit

Birthplace: Paarl, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Stephanus Jacobus du Toit, e7f13 and Elisabeth Jacoba Joubert
Husband of Maria Postma
Father of Stephan du Toit; Jacob du Toit; Dirk du Toit; Francois du Toit and Wilhelmina du Toit
Brother of David Petrus du Toit; Elizabeth du Toit; Maria Magdalena du Toit and Emma Viviers
Half brother of Carl Wijnand Markelbach Du Toit; Stephanus Jacobus du Toit and Magdalena Hugo du Toit

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About Jacob Daniël 'Totius' du Toit

Totius (TOE-she-us) was the pen name of the Afrikaner poet Jacob Daniël du Toit (Yah-kob Dun-ee-el doo-Toy) (21 February 1877 in Paarl, near Cape Town in South Africa – 1 July 1953, in Pretoria).

The poet D.J. Opperman (Awper-mun) compiled brief biographical notes[1] in Afrikaans about Totius/du Toit. Du Toit was educated in a German mission school named Morgensonne near Rustenburg fron 1888 - 1890 and at the Hugenot Memorial School (1883 - 1885, 1890 - 1894) at Daljosafat in the Cape and later attended a theological college at Burgersdorp before becoming a military chaplain with the Boer Commandos during the Second Boer War. After the war, he studied at the Free University in Amsterdam and was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Theology.[2] He became an ordained minister of the Reformed Church of South Africa and from 1911 he was a professor at the Theological College of this Reformed Church in Potchefstroom. As a mature man he travelled to the Netherlands and Palestine and his impressions of these visits to foreign lands are included in the collection Skemering (1948). (The word Skemering is a pun and difficult to translate. It can relate to "Twilight" but also to "feint recollection").

Du Toit was a deeply religious man and a conservative one in most senses.

His small son died at a tender age of an infection and his young daughter, Wilhelmina was killed by lightning, falling into his arms dead as she ran towards him. He recorded this calamity in the poem "O die pyn-gedagte" (literally "O the pain-thoughts").

Du Toit was responsible for much of the translation of the Bible into Afrikaans, finishing what his father Stephanus Jacobus du Toit had begun. He also put a huge amount of work into producing poetical versions of the Psalms in Afrikaans. His poetry was in the main lyrical and dealt, inter alia, with faith, nature, British imperialism and the Afrikaner nation. He left behind many collections of poems, including Trekkerswee (1915; “Trekkers' Grief”) and Passieblomme (1934; “Passion Flowers”).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totius_(poet)

-------------------- http://af.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totius Jacob Daniël du Toit, beter bekend as Totius (1877-1953), was 'n beroemde Suid-Afrikaanse en Afrikaanse digter. Hy is in 1877 in die Paarl gebore as die seun van S.J. du Toit, die vader van die Eerste Afrikaanse Taalbeweging. Totius het sy studies in Daljosafat (Hugenote-Gedenkskool), Burgersdorp en Amsterdam afgelê. Na sy terugkeer na Suid-Afrika het hy Totius 'n dominee by die Gereformeerde Kerk in Potchefstroom geword. Gedurende die Tweede Vryheidsoorlog was hy 'n kapelaan van die Boere. Hy het later 'n doktorsgraad in teologie aan die Universiteit van Amsterdam gekry en is aangestel as professor van die Teologiese Skool in Potchefstroom. Hy sterf in Pretoria in 1953. Sy letterkundige nalatenskap sluit die eerste vertaling van die Bybel en die Psalms in Afrikaans in. Onder die skuilnaam Totius het hy gedigte geskryf, meestal oor sy liefde van mens, natuur en die konflikterende ideologie van Britse imperialisme en Afrikaner nasionalisme. Hy was getroud met Maria Postma, 'n dogter van ds. Dirk Postma van Burgersdorp uit sy vyfde huwelik (met Johanna Willemina van Biljon). Van Totius se swaers deur dié huwelik was onder meer Petrus Postma en Marthinus Postma, halfbroers van sy vrou, Dirk Postma jr. en Stephanus Postma, eweneens halfbroers, en Maria se broer Willem Postma. Bronnelys[wysig]

E. C. Pienaar (1935). Digters uit Suid-Afrika: Bloemlesing uit die Poësie van die Tweede Afrikaanse Taalbeweging. Sewende hersiene en vermeerderde druk. H.A.U.M. v/h J. Dusseau & Co., Kaapstad. Eksterne skakels[wysig]

Wikisource Wikisource het oorspronklike werke deur of oor: Totius Jaarboek van de Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde te Leiden 1951-1953, pag. 145-150 Trekkerswee, deur Totius. Tekeninge deur J.H. Pierneef. Verkrygbaar by Projek Gutenberg. Kategorieë: Afrikaanse digters

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Jacob Daniël 'Totius' du Toit's Timeline

February 21, 1877
Paarl, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
July 27, 1905
Age 28
Potchefstroom, South Africa
February 4, 1907
Age 29
Potchefstroom, Southern DC, North West, South Africa
Age 30
November 15, 1914
Age 37
South Africa
October 31, 1919
Age 42
Potchefstroom, Southern DC, North West, South Africa
July 1, 1953
Age 76
Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa