Group Name: Cry the Beloved Students
Device Detective for the week of April 13, 2015
Apostrophe: a figure of speech in which the poet addresses an absent person, an abstract idea, or a thing.
This technique involves the direct address of the inanimate for sympathy or aid. The passage which gives us the title begins, "Cry, the Beloved Country for the unborn child." That is, the country is being asked to have mercy on the future.
Aphorism: A wise saying
“It suited the white man to break the tribe, [Msimangu] continues gravely. But it has not suited him to build something in the place of what is broken. I have pondered this for many hours and I must speak it, for it is the truth for me. They are not all so. There are some white men who give their lives to build up what is broken. But they are not enough, he said. They are afraid, that is the truth. It is fear that rules this land.” (pg.56). This technique is employed often in the speech of Msimangu.
Personification: human characteristics used for something nonhuman “The great red hills stand desolate, and the earth has torn away like flesh. The lightning flashed over them, the clouds pour down upon them, the dead streams come to life, full of the red blood of the earth.” “The soil cannot keep them anymore.” (pg.34). The streams were personified as being a living object much like the soil and how it “kept” people.
Foreshadowing: be a warning or indication
“About you there is grass and bracken and you may hear the forlorn crying of the titihoya, one of the birds of the veld.”(pg. 33). The titihoya foreshadows the breaking down of the valley into a desolate place where “the maize hardly reaches the height of a man.”
Symbolism: symbolic meaning attributed to natural objects or facts “Here the tribes live, and the soil is sick, almost beyond healing.” (pg.45). The landscape plays a ...
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