Figures of Speech: Sunrise on the Veld

Paradox- A self contradictory statement.

  • “Remaining vigilant all night and counting the hours as he lay relax in his sleep”

This is saying he kept a careful watch all night. How can he do that in his sleep?


Metaphor-  phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.

  • “He was a small boy again”


This is saying that the boy was a little kid again. Its saying he was a young kid and not 15 years old. That is impossible.


Alliteration- the occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

  • “Smiled scornfully”


The boy was able to sneak out of the house and keep the dogs quiet allowing him to see the sunrise on the veld.


Personification- Give non living things a human characteristic.

  • “The grass stood on his shoulders”


Giving the non living thing (grass) a human characteristic makes this personification.


Simile-  Comparing two things using like or as.

  • “That morning, perhaps an hour ago,this small creature had been stepping proudly and free through the bush, feeling the chill on its hide even as he himself had done”

The small creature thinks that he had taken down the duiker all by himself. Thinking he did it himself

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