Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Nature By H.D Carberry: Analysis

The poem tells of the weather conditions in Jamaica although it does not have the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. The weather conditions of golden sunny days and wet rainy days are just as good and are almost equivalent to the four seasons.
Lines 1 to 10
The poet tells about his homeland , Jamaica and rejoices the beauty of this island. Jamaica has no seasonal changes. It has a tropical climate which is hot and wet throughout the year. The days of golden sunshine are glorious and magnificent. The are many canefields in Jamaica as sugar is one of the main exports in this country.
Lines 11 to 15
In the ending of the poem, the poet tells us his favourite time – days when the flowers of mango trees and logwood blossom. He uses imagery of sound and smell to illustrate abundant life and activity in the bushes when the ‘sound of bees and the scent of honey’ add to the charm and beauty if Jamaica. He describes the fields filled with lovely yellow buttercups. All this happens when the rains have stopped and the beauty if nature emerges once again.
  • Beauty of nature
  • Appreciation of one's own country
  • Appreciate nature
  • We should appreciate what we have in our own country
  • We should not long for what we do not have.
  • We should appreciate our homeland.
  • We should appreciate the beauty of nature.
  • Appreciative and happy
  • Carefree and light-hearted
  • Sense of beauty
  • Third person point of view
  • Simple and easy to understand the language
  • Clear and descriptive
  • Simple style with no rhyming scheme
  • Imagery – e.g. ‘gold sun’, ‘lush green fields’, ‘trees struggling’
  • Alliteration – e.g. ‘sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air’
  • Symbols – e.g. ‘gold sun’ – symbol of summer, ‘rains’ – symbol of winter
  • Contrast – e.g. ‘beauty’ or summer is compared with ‘rains’ or winter
  • Figurative Language  – Simile – ‘rain beats like bullets’
  • Metaphor – e.g. ‘the buttercups paved the earth with yellow stars’
  • Personafication – ‘buttercups have paved the earth’ …  buttercups have been personified as having laid tiles
  • Onomatopoeia: e.g. 'swish'
  • Simile: e.g. "rain beats like bullets'H.D. CARBERRY

    He doesn't have the best look
    but his poem has been the 
    greatest inspiration to all :)
    When comes to poem, it is difficult for the students to
    envisage the scenario in their mind. And it could be the primary reason
    on why they dislike poem so much, oopsie. :p
    Anyway, with little help from Mr. Google,
    And with creativity juice, I have sorted out pictures
    based on my own understanding ..hopefully,
    the Nature poem will hold your hand
    and leads you to its own world,
    ready to embark? :)

    We have neither Summer nor Winter

    Neither Autumn nor Spring

    We have instead the days
    When the gold sun shines on the lush green canefields-

    The days when the rain beats like bullets on the roofs

    And there is no sound but the swish of water in the gullies

    And trees struggling in the high Jamaica winds,

    Also there there are the days when leaves fade from off guango trees

    And the reaped canefields lie bare and fallow to the sun.

    But best of all there are the days when the mango and the logwood blossom

    When the bushes are full of the sound of bees and the scent of honey,

    When the tall grass sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air

    When the buttercups have paved the earth with yellow stars

    And beauty comes suddenly and the rains have gone. 


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