Verbum et Ecclesia
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MAMPURU, Deborah e MOJALEFA, Jerry. Mongwalelo wa sefela sa Serote: 'A re thabeng re rete' (Difela tsa kereke, 2010). Verbum Eccles. (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.36, n.1, pp. 1-7. ISSN 1609-9982. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i1.1491.
Black composers of church hymns were influenced by German pastors of the Berlin Lutheran Church to do so. In other words, these pastors were the first composers to write the Sepedi language in the form of music; because they did not know the rules that control the Sepedi meter, the writers started to compose their hymns in the way that the German hymns were patterned. Therefore, one might argue that the main source of modern influence in Sepedi literature lies in the workings of the very first hymns of the said church. Nevertheless, the importance of the development of poetry in the form of hymns in the Sepedi literature has not been followed up and emphasised by reviewers. The aim of this article is to survey thoroughly the style of writing hymns, by discussing Rev Serote's hymn number 147, entitled 'A re thabeng re rete' (Difela tsa kereke 2010:130). The scrutiny will examine the way in which style depicts irony in the very hymn. In other words, the investigation considers especially the characteristics of style that indicate and develop irony in the work. It will be shown that the irony becomes clear during the service of Baptism which is expressed by way of emotions to develop the author's aim, as this sacrament is something that Christians respect (it goes hand in hand with the forgiveness of their sins).