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Ray Bradbury- There Will Come Soft Rains
Transcript of Ray Bradbury- There Will Come Soft Rains
2. the house as the main character
3. Poem by Sara Teasdale
4. Historical context/ intention
5. Connections to the main themes
- August 4, 2026, California
- fully automatic futuristic house
Tick-tock, seven o'clock, time to get up, time to get up, seven o'clock!
Seven-nine, breakfast time, seven-nine!
calendar for the day
Eight-one, tick-tock, eight-one o'clock, off to school, off to work, run, run, eight-one!
Nine-fifteen, time to clean!
house alone in a city of rubble and ash
silhouettes of the family on the charcoaled house
house protects itself
Six, seven, eight o'clock!
poem by Sara Teasdale
house begins to "die"
tries to save itself
The house as the main character
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,
Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.
There Will Come Soft Rains – Sara Teasdale
• The poem consists of 6 stanzas
• Each stanza is comprised of 2 lines
• Rhyme scheme: end rhymes
• Environment featuring animals, plants, nature is represented
Beautifully, harmoniously and peacefully
Contents stanza 1-3
Contents stanza 4-6
• After mankind becomes extinct due to a war
the world will go on without noticing and without caring
- Metaphor “And swallows circling with their shimmering sound” (l.2)
Teasdale stresses the grace, happiness of swallows
- Personification “And frogs in the pools, singing at night” (l.3)
frogs actually do not sing; they croak
same explanation: T. enforces the beauty of nature
- Personification “And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn”
There is a variety of personifications in this poem
nature gets the abilities of doing things only men are supposed to do
this shows the recovery of power by nature (animals, plants etc.) after “mankind perished utterly” (l.10)
- Alliteration “Robins will wear their feathery fire” (l.5)
Nature’s beauty is emphasized
All stylistic devices try to stress the prettiness of nature and the superiority of it after mankind will die out.
Tense: The invariably use of the Will-Future creates an imagination of a possible future for mankind
• The short story portrays a scene of obliteration:
• Mankind has been extinct due to a nuclear war/ catastrophe
• The fear of a nuclear catastrophe was typical for the Cold War
• The dropping of nuclear bombs in Japan was omnipresent in people’s minds
• Bradbury and Teasdale tried to express people’s feeling during the Cold War
• Wanted to show a possible future --> make people deny nuclear technology
"angry sparks" (l.148)
"lay in beds, stood in windows" (l. 158)
"tries to save itself" (l.145)
"but the fire was clever" (l. 166)
"killing the fire" (l.164)
"the house began to die" (l.137)
Connections to the main themes
- Stop All The Clocks
everything goes on even if the family died
all the clocks
clock goes on
- Daedalus and Icarus
ignorance of death
- individual in society
house as an individual
- science and technology
high tech house
Thank you for your attention
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