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 bullet on the roofs
And there is no sound but thee 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 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
UNDERSTANDING THE POEM
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. THEMES
* Beauty of nature
* Appreciation of one own’s country
* Differences in appearances but similar in effects
* We should appreciate what we have in our own country
* We should not long for what we do not have.
* We should be aware that different people have different skills or beauty. TONE,MOOD, ATMOSPHERE
* Appreciative and happy
* Carefree and light-hearted
* Sense of beauty
POINT OF VIEW
* Third person point of view
LANGUAGE AND STYLE
* 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’ *...