Nature by H.D Carberry
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 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.
What is your opinion of the weather in Jamaica based on the poem?
Compare the weather there with our local weather here.
This poem describes the weather and climate of Jamaica.
i) Look for words/ phrases used to describe the weather and environments in Jamaica. (Ex: lush, beats like bullets)
ii) Give the meaning of the words/ phrases based on your understanding of the poem.
iii) Why do you think the poet chose the words/ phrases in the poem? Give your opinion.
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