The daylight began to rustle into the world

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(para. 420, near the ending of chapter 10) by Lawrence(the University of Adelaide,here):

The daylight began to rustle into the world, and the dark figure seemed to go smaller and more defined. She made out the gun and gaiters and baggy jacket — it would be Oliver Mellors, the keeper. ‘Yes, for there was the dog nosing around like a shadow, and waiting for him’!

"rustle" is for sound. How can it be used to describe sunlight please?
Thank you in advance
  • Hermione Golightly

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    British English
    When you are a poet you can write what you please.:D
    It's imaginative writing - the sunshine's treated as if it was a living being which would make a slight noise as it crept over the forest floor.


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    English - England
    The daylight began to rustle into the world, is an example of a literary device, personification (probably): It gives the idea that daylight is a person or creature that passes through the foliage causing it to rustle.
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