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Does anyone know the message or meaning behind the poem "There will come soft rains."

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angelzater | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 22, 2012 at 11:40 PM via web

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Does anyone know the message or meaning behind the poem "There will come soft rains."

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susan3smith | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted January 23, 2012 at 1:10 AM (Answer #1)

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Sara Teasdale's poem "There Will Come Soft Rains" describes nature's transcendence over man's devastation. Despite the wars that man wages and the destruction that these wars cause, all signs of this damage will be covered by "soft rains," "swallows circling," "frogs in the pools singing at night," and "robins . . .whistlling their whims."  In fact, the speaker of the poem claims, nature will last much longer than human beings will and is quite impervious to man's suffering and death. 

And not one will know of the war, not one

Will care at last when it is done. 

The conclusion can be drawn that war is futile and meaningless, making no lasting impression on the world except by causing a quicker end to mankind's presence. 

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