Nature by H.D Carberry

Biodata of H. D. Carberry, 1921-1989

Hugh Doston (“Dossie”) Carberry was born July 12, 1921, the son of sir John Carberry, a former Chief Justice of Jamaica, and Lady Georgina Carberry, in Montreal, Canada. He came to Jamaica in infancy and spent most of his life there. He had his primary education at Decarteret school in Mandeville, Jamaica and then attended Jamaica College. After working with the Civil Service, to which he qualified as second out of over 100 applicants, Carberry went to St. Catherrine College, Oxford University, where he obtained his B. A. and B. C. L.. He read Law at Middle Temple and was called to the Bar in 1951, then returning to Jamaica to engage in private practice.

In 1954, Carberry married Dorothea, and they had two sons, Martin and John, and a daughter, Christine. In addition to his career in law, Carberry was a poet and gave outstanding service in the cultural field, being a member of the Managing Committee of the Little Theatre since 1951. A devout Christian, he was also a pillar of the Providence Methodist church as Class Co-leader. Carberry was Clerk to the Houses of Parliament from 1969-1978 and a member of the commonwealth Parliamentary Association. He was appointed Judge of the Jamaican court of appeal in 1978 and served for a decade. H. D. Carberry died on June 28, 1989.

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-

Magnificently.

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.

SYNOPSIS

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.

VOCABULARY

WORD

MEANING

Lush Healthy growth
Magnificently Wonderfully, grandly, beautifully
Swish The sound made by moving water
Gullies Channels cut out in the earth by persistent rainfall
Struggling Fighting to survive; moving with great physical effort
Fade Lose their colour
Fallow Left bare (in order to recover natural fertility)
paved Covered

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 country
  • Appreciate nature

MORAL VALUES

  • 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.

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

POETIC DEVICES

  • 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
  • Onomatopeia – e’g ‘swish’

For reference, I’ve included the pictures of some plants (plantation) mentioned in this poem.

This is a sample of the flower, buttercup.

Canefield plantation

This is the guango tree.

182 Comments »

  1. aTuL Said:

    thanx.its great..!

    • amy Said:

      this poem is beautiful . contact me :)

      • abrahmi Said:

        wonderful poem yup yuo r correct

      • melvin Said:

        i love you

  2. misscrankypot Said:

    the analysis is great!

    • SoCool Said:

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      • Tengku Said:

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    • Dyana Hyun Joong Said:

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  3. LooLooBell Said:

    its really good! helped me with my studies!!! :)

  4. SoCool Said:

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  5. S Carberry Said:

    I just found out that I am related to him distantly. His side of the familly moved to America, were as mine live in Canada, Jamaica, and the Uk. It great to see what his side of the family managed to accomplish. I will definity be purchasing his books to see more of his work.

    • Al Robinson Said:

      It is midnight and just came from work. I am in Jamaica where i live and was just reflecting on school days. I heard the rain and lightening from a thunder storm which is now going on outside. My mind then reflect on NATURE by HD CARBERRY. i haven’t heard it from i left primary school in 1980.

      That poem was in our school book and was always recited in grade 5 when i was 10. Great job to those that put it on line. Thanks on behalf of my classmates that were in primary school in Jamaica in 1978 at age 10. i can hear the big dramatic MAGNIFICENTLY, by everyone. Tremendous memories. Again, thanks.

      • zahuren Said:

        The Malaysian students are leaning this poem next year. It is in the literature syllabus. I’m proud this reminisces your great time of grade 5 :)

    • Richard Facey Said:

      I had the pleasure of not only knowing Dossie Carberry, but also his parents many many years ago in Jamaica when my Dad, their friend took me on numerous vists to their home on East King`s House Rd.
      Justice Carberry and Lady Carberry came from Grenada to Jamaica after attending college in either Canada or the UK or both.

      • fledgist Said:

        I knew Dossie Carberry (I always called him “sir”). When I worked at the Gleaner he regularly picked me up when I waited at the bus stop at Marescaux Road (across from Mico College) and dropped me off at work. A courtesy to a fellow poet.

  6. kairah Said:

    thankz…tomorrow i have a exam…so,i was find this synopsis of nature in this page…very10x thank u

  7. Gee Said:

    helo there…very informative…but can u please tell which are form 4 n form 5 materials/poems/short story/drama….dont know what poem or shrt stories belong to what form..tq

    • zahuren Said:

      Orait Gee…The form 4 poems are In the Midst of Hardship and He Had Such Quiet Eyes while the short stories are QWERTYUIOP and The Fruitcake Special. For the Form 5, they are going to use the poems Are You Still Playing Your Flute and Nature. Gulp and Gasp is also in the Form 5 syllabus.

  8. Hortense Said:

    I studied this poem as a child and loved it. I could not remember all of it though and became obsessed with remembering it. I was thrilled to find it here on line and now its in my collection of favourite peoms which I love to read over and over again. He is simply brilliant. Thanks!

    • zahuren Said:

      You are welcome!

  9. Zul Said:

    Great effort! God bless you!

    • zahuren Said:

      Thanks Zul!

  10. munibah Said:

    thanks !! i need this information 4 my presentation on this Tuesday.. :D

    • zahuren Said:

      Hope the presentation went well Munibah!

  11. rabiatul Said:

    Thanks thanks thanks (:

    • zahuren Said:

      Welcome welcome and welcome Rabiatul!

  12. mukhriz Said:

    thankz…..

    • zahuren Said:

      You are most welcome, Mukhriz

  13. vickykylala Said:

    gud job!~!

  14. ling Said:

    who are the character in this poem??
    my teacher ask we find the characters..

    • zahuren Said:

      It’s the 3rd person point of view.

  15. gracie Said:

    hai uyean,

    thankz for the info…really help for the last minute preparation hehehe…
    ex-collegue from sm sains miri…

    • zahuren Said:

      Hi Grace..
      Glad that this helps you..How’s Sains Miri? Long time no see huhuhu

      • gracie Said:

        LET’S SEE…SAINSri…Everything seem to be in order hehehe nothing much different from the day u left the school…it just that only a few senior teachers still rooted here heheheh including me…hahaha

  16. jijah95 Said:

    thanks for the information of the poems and short stories
    it really help me… :)

  17. honey Said:

    tq,hah!really helped

  18. Nurul Husna Said:

    I like this poem… ^_^

  19. Jambu air Said:

    what is the meaning of:
    canefields:
    logwood blossom:
    guango trees:

  20. Umarov Said:

    This poem is very good….. i can learn The important of nature and its beauty!!!

  21. TongTong Said:

    Oh thanks! it’s great. :)

  22. ashraf Said:

    thanks so much on teacher help..it really help me…

  23. hasina Said:

    thxs… i also like the way poets tell about the nature at jamaica

  24. Norshahieyrah Mirda Said:

    tHaNkSsS…
    I aLso LiKe tHis pOets teLL abOuT tHe NaTuRe aT Jamaica..:-)

  25. wani din Said:

    thank you !
    but i need more about this poem cuz my teacher gave a task entitled “what is the poem (NATURE) about ?
    huu….

  26. Badawi Said:

    Canefield = a sugar cane plantation (ladang tebu).

    guago trees = a hybrid tree which is a cross between guava & mango.

    logwood blossoms = tak tahu lagi… (=.=”)

  27. putri khalilah Said:

    as i learned it in the class,
    to me it is very thoughtful and interesting.
    and thanks for the futher information.
    it helps me a lots.

  28. ctrvna Said:

    such a very useful info for me…TQ.

  29. chris Said:

    can i know that the figure of speech in this poem…? my teacher ask me to find that…

    • zahuren Said:

      A figure of speech is a use of a word diverging from its usual meaning, or a special repetition, arrangement or ommission of words with literal meaning, or a phrase with a specialized meaning not based on the literal meaning of the words in it such as a metaphor, simile, hyperbole , or personification. Figures of speech often provide emphasis, freshness of expression, or clarity. However, clarity may also suffer from their use, as any figure of speech introduces an ambiguity between literal and figurative interpretation. A figure of speech is sometimes called a rhetoric or a locution. (Wikpedia) This might help you, Chris :)

  30. hidayah Said:

    i like this poem :)

  31. sarah syahirah Said:

    thanx it helping in my homework

  32. shana Said:

    thanks! it helps me a lots..

  33. shana Said:

    thanks!

  34. anum awayy Said:

    whoaa yhis poem touched my feeling very much!

  35. qia faqiha Said:

    it’s grate!!!!!

  36. usu Said:

    got this page while surfing for the materials relating to the poem..great! thanks a lot.; will definitely come back here for more..

  37. intan Said:

    wow…it’s grate!!…thank you

  38. nazirah Said:

    hye..i have one question ,
    how does poet fell about his country?

    • zahuren Said:

      The poet is full of pride and admiration for his beautiful country, Jamaica.

  39. Treetops Said:

    I thank you on the behalf of the lost-in-english form 5 population but the language and styles you gave out wasn’t really helpful.

    If you could give me (some random form 5 student) some help by giving a more detailed explanation on what language and styles is in the poem Nature

    • zahuren Said:

      The poet uses free verse in this poem. There is no rhyming scheme and the style is easy and informal. He describes the changes in weather in simple language. Therefore, it is easily understood. We can appreciate the unpredictable weather as it is sometimes full of sunshine and sometimes it is struck by the storm. This poem vividly describes how tree struggles to stay rooted and of tall grasses gently dancing with the fair breeze.

  40. aizuddin Said:

    i am so greatly grateful … thanx

  41. stella Said:

    gud!!!
    TQ~

  42. kiela nadzri Said:

    thanks , u were help me a lot in my studies. :)

  43. hafis Said:

    tq

  44. cecilia chin Said:

    thx……….tis saved my life……….2moro is the exam…………..

  45. Pat Said:

    my memories was refresh what a great poem

  46. iera Said:

    hi zahuren, i’m just a little confuse here, gulp and gasp is for form 4 or form 5? i think the novel step by wicked step is for form 5 this year.correct me if i’m wrong.. thanks

  47. sazleen Said:

    my teacher as me 2 find what is point of view…i don’t know how 2 find it and what it is actually…can you help me???

    • zahuren Said:

      Point of view is defined as the angle from which the story is told.

      • mas Said:

        hearth this poem..i love nature<3

  48. wiwie Said:

    gud!!
    say~TQ…

  49. umarul Said:

    i like this poems

  50. apik Said:

    thanks.. it really help me..

  51. nasmi Said:

    great job!thanks for all the information….its very helpfull.can you share some tips how to make a great poem just like you??if you dont mind….:)

    • zahuren Said:

      This poem is written by H.D Carberry not me.

      • gerakdulu Said:

        like!

  52. pavitra Said:

    hello i am confuse about all tis poem

  53. Are Leaf Peace Said:

    Thanx for the synopsis and other….I m studying this poem rite now…althought its has deep meaning,it was the true feeling poem….Form 5(Malaysia)

  54. princess shard Said:

    its great . thanks a lot yaw .. ! i like this . !!!!! :D

  55. afanisfis shuhada Said:

    thank you :)

  56. MARIA ALFRED Said:

    Awesome blog ;D Loveeee this poem. I was about to study this piece with my trainee teachers (major Islamic Studies) when i found your blog. (at least there are pictures to show during my lecture) A life saver.

  57. Saras Said:

    Thanks to you….it really helped me

  58. nur niaharafarahain Said:

    niceeeeee . awesome weei

  59. uchiha Said:

    come onn..
    i did not satisfy at all
    meaning stanza by stanza??

  60. atyn Said:

    its really useful..thanks a lott~!!

  61. thankz.. its so usefull..

  62. Dan Carter Said:

    I am dorothy.Iwas born in jamaica.
    as a child ,I was made to study this poem.
    I will always remember it.

  63. unknown Said:

    well m a nature lover… those wrds tat used in the poem to describe the beauty of nature… really awesome… touches my core heart…..

  64. mahirah Said:

    can i get the picture of this poem about the water in the gullies…please i really need it right now..A.S.A.P

  65. feryca94 Said:

    i really like this poem,and i got studies n meaning good in this poem all.^_^

  66. Molten Shinobu Said:

    Really help me alot THX teacher =]

  67. =D Said:

    wow….. thankz it really helped me 4 ma SPM trialz…!!!

  68. Moureen Said:

    I just came across this blog. It helps me a lot. pretty handy too.. Thanks

  69. Qistina Huda Said:

    Thanx a lot! It really helped me! (“,)

  70. lame Said:

    i realy love tis poem…

  71. Ivy DG Said:

    This poem allows me to reflect on the beauty of the land of my birth -Jamaica. I can vividly remember reciting this poem “Nature” in promary school and would imagine the rain , winds , yellow flowers between the grass.I enjoyed reading the bio on Mr Carberry and look forward in purchasing his book.Thak you for sharing this poem.

  72. skien2011 Said:

    Salam Zahuren,
    Just want to know if u have anything on nxt years’s f3 lit. text The railway children as it can help me to get prepared.
    thanx!

    • zahuren Said:

      Salam Sakinah,
      At the moment there is anything , not that I know. Will inform you later if I hear any news. :)

  73. Anu Naidu Said:

    Gud notes to help teachers n students

  74. ahmad Said:

    do you have the example question of this novel?

    • zahuren Said:

      This is a poem not a novel

  75. i can’t understand -,-

  76. sha Said:

    may i use this as reference for my assignment? Thanks in advance!

  77. alyssa wong Said:

    great analysis!!

  78. paul Bingham Said:

    My wife asked me if i remember this poem. Bring back so much memories of my days @ Primary school.

  79. vivi Said:

    i know the story the all work but i don”t know the mean of “guango”

  80. DANIEL Said:

    HELLO…I SO HAPY WHILE READ THIS POEM,,,THIS STORY ABOUT GRATEFULL….HUHUHU,,,THANKS FOR WRITER…

  81. asrar Said:

    only one point of view in poems nature?

  82. Cadbury Hunnie Said:

    Helps me a lot with my studies !!
    Thank you .. :)

  83. ash_ashraf Said:

    thank you sooo much. All the information are great and full.

  84. Fae Sakri Said:

    I can’t believe I’d find this in one click and I’m so grateful. It helps me a lot and I really do love this poem, thank you

  85. amira ashira Said:

    woah ,thanks for sharing .i like this ,i am student at form 5 actually

  86. thank you, it helps me a lot

  87. b2 Said:

    any one, can you give me the answer of ”why are the cane fields left fallow in the sun?”… plz…

    • Jamaican Said:

      The cane crop has been reaped and the field is left bare but it has been ploughed up to prepare it for the next crop to be planted

  88. Yu Xian Said:

    Nice one, thanks dude (:

  89. IFWAH Said:

    AWESOME poem :)

  90. havoc yahleni Said:

    great poem sri good job

  91. azzim Said:

    it great,it can help me in homeworks

  92. shereha Said:

    thanks…..help me a lots….

  93. Tan Bao Ru Said:

    thanks~
    help me a lot in homeworks ^^

  94. marcia hanson Said:

    I noticed you referred to the guango tree as a hybrid, cross between mango and guava, that is not so. ‘Guango, also known as Saman is native to Central and parts of South America but has been widely planted throughout the Caribbean.’

    • zahuren Said:

      I’ve never mentioned it as a hybrid.

    • zahuren Said:

      thank you for the information..really appreciate it

  95. lina Said:

    TQ…………………

  96. Ben Ashton-Rigby Said:

    what type of poem is it?

  97. Colette Said:

    This poem is near and dear to me, I learned it as a child in middle school and now I can teach it to my children. Thank you H.D Carberry.

  98. niey96 Said:

    it is very nice poem :)

  99. jegathiswary ammu Said:

    esy 2 learn 10x

  100. I know u r the best in the world

  101. cancer girl Said:

    i dun understand

  102. how can i teach this poem in a creative way especially to the weak students.

    • Jamaican Said:

      It is a poem about Jamaica so you could try to use information about the country about its geography and climate; its agricultural output; its history and its present achievements (in music, sports, culture etc) to teach the poem. Most of the elements mentioned above are reflected in the poem

      • zahuren Said:

        Thanks for the tips :)

  103. aqem Said:

    this novel so interest !!!!!!!…i like it

  104. pass up Said:

    this is very helping me to succeed in the SPM examination in 2012,,…
    i like it..:)

    • kennynnylebsgreennyta@yahoo.com Said:

      huhu i also things like that huhu

    • shenzy luli Said:

      me too…………..i agree

  105. morris Said:

    thanks your your notes.. appreciate it :)
    God bless :D

  106. ija hamizah Said:

    tq for all..its very helpful in my exam

  107. shenzy luli Said:

    hi thanks the poem was really interesting at the very point doh i don’t live in that beautiful jamaica place as it is described in the poem.

  108. leetie Said:

    I like this poem. I remember growing up in Jamaica and learning this poem at school. It came to my mind the other day and I thought to look it up on the net. It brings back so much memory of JA.

    • zahuren Said:

      You are not the only one to reminisce your school days..this poem really brings back some good memories to the readers

  109. Ahmad Said:

    Is this poem speciously ambiguous or is my brain a tad wild tonight hahaha. Thanks for the notes though :)

    • zahuren Said:

      That is quite a tough decision to make :P..you are most welcome!

  110. oszard11 Said:

    thank youfor helping!!!!!!!!!

    • zahuren Said:

      You are most welcome !

  111. Dean Robinson Said:

    Very good analysis! What do you think about adding ‘swish’ [of water…] as an onomatopoeia

    • zahuren Said:

      TQ for throwing the idea :) Indeed, it is another onomatopeia.

  112. asyraaf Said:

    I need to know what is the bakground of this poem ? Any help would be appreciated

    • zahuren Said:

      It is in Jamaica

  113. Sue Renee Said:

    This poem is great! Thanks for publishing it online now I can understand the poem better and have a glimpse of what Jamaica is like.

  114. Uncle Teng Said:

    Thanks for your effort. It makes my teaching easier now.

  115. Uncle Teng Said:

    A Fantastic Post you have. I’m visiting it very often. Thanks.

  116. l0ve english suaject Said:

    l0ve this poem!

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  118. cecile lewis Said:

    one of the best poemabout Jamaica. I can still see myself standing up proudly in front of my class and reciting this poem. #truememoriesneverdie.

  119. FaizSab Said:

    WOW!! Fantastic info..:)

  120. Auswenik Said:

    this page helped me alot :) thank you!

  121. D.S Said:

    tq vry much..

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  123. Hakam Zali Said:

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    • zahuren Said:

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  125. lelashni lelashni Said:

    tis poem is very very nice . ….. beautiful

  126. Leonie Irons (formerly Spence) Said:

    I have been trying to obtain a photograph and Bio of his father Sir John Carberry. I worked for him at the Law Revision Committee where he and Sir Colin MacGregor revised the laws of Jamaica in the 70’s. How can I obtain this information. I am putting a scrap book together for both. They were wonderful and knowledgeable to work for.

    Thanks, Interested.

  127. Do you know of any other poems by hd carberry?

  128. althea clouson-petgrave Said:

    Wow…..this poem I love,it reminds me of primary school….I didn’t remember it all but now I’m studing the words,thank u!!!!!

  129. yana Said:

    what does the ‘buttercups have paved the earth with yellow stars’ mean? And why are the reaped canefields lie bare fallow to the sun?

    • zahuren Said:

      The buttercups are yellow in colour. So, when the buttercups bloom, they look like yellow star covering the earth.
      The reaped canefields are left to fallow because they are to dry so it is easy to get rid of them.

  130. Emir Adha Said:

    thks dear,
    i appreciate this

    • zahuren Said:

      You are welcome :)

  131. Syafiqah97 Said:

    Its indeed very helpful thanks

    • zahuren Said:

      You are welcome :)

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    Thank you so much. It’s very useful :)

    • zahuren Said:

      You are welcome :)

  133. Grace Yong Said:

    I like the language used to describe the poem: simple and of my students’ level.

  134. dinesh joshi Said:

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  135. nasrul Said:

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