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    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 persistentrainfall

    STRUGGLING Fighting to survive; moving with great physical

    effort

    FADE Lose their color

    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. There are many cane fields 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 favorite timedays when the flowers of mangotrees 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 honeyadd 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 of nature emerges once again.

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    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

    LANGUAGE AND STYLE

    Simple and easy to understand the language

    Clear and descriptive Simple style with no rhyming scheme

    POETIC DEVICES

    Imagerye.g. gold sun, lush green fields, trees struggling

    Alliteratione.g. sways and shivers to the slightest breath of air

    Symbolse.g. gold sun symbol of summer, rains symbol of winter

    Contraste.g. beauty or summer is compared with rains or winter

    Figurative Language Similerain beats like bullets Metaphore.g. the buttercups paved the earth with yellow stars

    Personificationbuttercups have paved the earth buttercups have been personified

    as having laid tiles

    Onomatopoeiae.g. swish

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    SYNOPSIS

    This poem his about a persona who reminisces the time he/she spends when in a village. There

    are many things that are now luxury to her such as listening to the melody of the flute itself,

    gazing at the evening rays, collecting dew drops, or enjoying the fragrance of flowers. Thevillage is now unpopulated as many have moved to the city. Now that she has moved on with

    her life, she wonders whether the flutist is still playing the flute. This is because, there are many

    challenges in the world today such as the world is dying, the unemployment issue and the

    people are disunited because of different political views.

    THEMES

    Family commitments

    Priorities in life

    Neglect of ones duties

    MORAL VALUES

    We should be aware of our family commitments and carry them out properly.

    Everyone has priorities in, life and we should know what is important and what is not.

    Following a hobby is good but there is a time for work and a time for play.

    POINT OF VIEW

    The poem is the first point of view.

    The person is addressing another person and describing a situation to him.

    LANGUAGE AND STLYE

    Rhetorical question

    Descriptive and questioning

    Simple style and no rhyme

    TONE, MOOD AND ATMOSPHERE

    Somber and regretful

    Serious atmosphere

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    POETIC DEVICES

    Imagerye.g. blown by the wind, depth of my heart

    Alliteratione.g. fragrance of flowers

    Symbole.g. flute, song Repetitione.g. Are you still playing your flute?

    Figurative LanguageMetaphor e.g. The melody concealed in the slime hollow of

    bamboo

    Personification e.g. sick rice field

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