Jacob Daniël 'Totius' du Toit (1877 - 1953) MP

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Birthplace: Paarl, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: Died in Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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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 du Toit's Timeline

1877
February 21, 1877
Paarl, Breede River DC, Western Cape, South Africa
1953
July 1, 1953
Age 76
Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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