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  • 1. An apostrophe is a figure of speech in which a  speaker directly addresses an absent or dead person, an abstract quality, or something non human as if it were present. It is used in the story when the speaker addresses  night in the form of a goddess. For example when the speaker says, “The goddess  Night has drawn near, looking about on many sides with her eyes. She has put on all her glories,” he is speaking about night which is a nonhuman thing in the form of a goddess as if it were living.
  • 2. The hymn is praising Ratri who is the  goddess of night.  It’s the only hymn out of the ten books of the Rig Veda that is dedicated to Ratri.  It describes her in the appearance of a beautiful goddess
  • 3. The hymn explained  that she was a beautiful goddess who “stems the tide of darkness with her light,” which is the stars. She drives everyone  home to prepare for the night when she brings her darkness.
  • 4. The Vedas are  supposedly the knowledge of the Hindu culture and according to them, they are all- knowing.  For Hindus, their religion is a “way of life,” so they take the Vedas very seriously.  They also believe that the Vedas came straight from the gods.