Read “A Sunrise on the Veld,” by Doris Lessing
Respond to the Story
- Describe the boy’s feelings and state of mind before he comes upon the buck. Describe a time in your life when you experienced a similar emotion.
- Why does the boy not shoot the buck?
- How does the boy feel at the end of the story? What has caused his mood to change so dramatically?
The author, Doris Lessing, expresses the boy’s thoughts and feelings very poetically in the two paragraphs before the boy hears the buck’s cries. With a partner, discuss some of these phrases and the images they create. What emotions do the images raise? Is the use of poetic language effective? What types of writing techniques are used?
Using phrases from these two paragraphs, write a poem that expresses the character’s joy at being young and alive. You could draw or find an illustration that captures the spirit of your poem.
(Extra: use any Walt Whitman poem as a model)