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There Will Come Soft Rains

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Brian Peppers

on 22 May 2014

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Transcript of There Will Come Soft Rains

"There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound,"
There Will Come Soft Rains
By: Sara Teasdale
Presentation by: Ryan Burns
What I imagine Teasdale explaining in these two lines is the beauty and every day experiences in nature, the feeling of rain coming, the smell of rain on the ground, and birds circling over head. This also could symbolize the tough times ahead. This poem was written shortly after World War One so possibly Teasdale knew that there would be conflicts in the years to come.
"And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,"
Teasdale is still explaining the scenery that takes place in nature; the sounds in nature at night that are common. Plum trees in front of the moon that give only their silhouettes, showing that no matter what, nature will go on without humans. Even if humans try to interfere with nature it will still remain as it is.
: Stairway to Heaven by Led Zepplin (Instrumental)
"Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire,"
The feathery fire that Teasdale speaks of is symbolizing the fires set on the battlefield and the destruction humans have made toward one another. The tunes that she speaks of might be the sad tunes of the songs soldiers sung for their fallen allies.
"And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done,"
In the first line, Teasdale is talking about how nature would not notice World War One. She is saying that no matter how bad the war gets and how many countries it involves, nature will never notice. When the war ends nature will still move on like nothing had ever happened in the first place.
"Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly,"
Teasdale is still explaining that nature would not care if humans had all killed one another. No tree, bird, or any other animal would notice the disappearance of mankind. No matter how much excruciating pain a man went through to die, nature would keep going on and would never have noticed.
"And Spring herself when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone."
What Teasdale is saying is, if mankind were to die over night, nature would barely notice at all.
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