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There will come soft rains

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Douglas Roberts

on 7 April 2014

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Transcript of There will come soft rains

During the time of WW1
Related to the war and soldiers
aa bb cc dd ee ff rhyme scheme
Lyric poem
Written in couplets
Six stanzas
"There Will Come Soft Rains"
by Sara Teasdale

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, nether 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"
Background Information
About the Author
About the Poem
Rhyme Scheme
The poem has a rhyme scheme of aa bb cc dd ee ff. This relates to the theme of the poem because it shows the order that mankind has tried to achieve. Man has tried to take control over nature, and bring order. However, nature cannot be tamed.
Lines 1-4 include a great example of imagery. The example is as follows, "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" (Lines 1-4). This quote incorporates several senses, including smelling, hearing, and sight. It gives the reader an opening scene to visualize, that sets up the rest of the poem.
One example of alliteration is in line 2. The alliteration is as follows, "And swallows circling with their shimmering sound" (Line 2). This figurative language helps give the reader a visual image of what the author is trying to portray, while using a poetic device.
The End
by Sara Teasdale
Sara Trevor Teasdale was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 8, 1884.
She had very poor health as a child, and wasn't able to begin school until the age of 14.
Her first poem published was in a local newspaper called Reedy's Mirror, in 1907
She had other poems published, such as Sonnets to Duse, Helen of Troy, Rivers to the Sea, and Love Songs.
She married Ernst Filsinger on December 19, 1914
She moved with her new husband to New York City in 1916
Filsinger was gone on a lot of business trips, which caused Teasdale to be lonely, and file a divorce in 1929
She committed suicide in 1933, as a result of an overdose on sleeping pills
There is some theories about her last poem relating to her suicide
The poem was called "I Shall Not Care", and included themes of abandonment, and bitterness
One theme of the poem is that no matter how much mankind attempts to bring order to the world, nature will always dominate. Mankind will end up killing themselves off, and nature will keep thriving, not waiting for anyone. We know this because of this is "Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree if mankind perished utterly" (Lines 9-10).
More Explication
One example of a personification is "And frogs in the pools singing at night" (Line 3). Frogs cannot actually sing, but the author gives the frog this ability in order to send the reader a message of what a night on the pond actually would be like.
The title of the poem also carries meaning to the theme. "There Will Come Soft Rains" can carry several meanings. One meaning is describing a nature scene, giving an opening image to the reader. Another more figurative meaning could represent the rain being the tears of mankind, after it has torn itself apart, and nature is continuing on its usual course.
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