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Justify the title of the poem "The Rain" by Walt Whitman.

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user8235304 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted June 17, 2013 at 3:08 AM via web

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Justify the title of the poem "The Rain" by Walt Whitman.

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handbooktoliterature | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 18, 2013 at 12:17 AM (Answer #2)

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I believe the poem is titled, "The Voice of The Rain." In the poem, the rain is personified and the speaker of the poem asks it directly to explain itself.

The rain responds by talking of how it is pure and intangible to normal perception. It goes on to talk about how it follows a cycle where it descends from the heavens, comes to earth, and then rises again. Here it takes a very spiritual feel coinciding with images of a god who falls to earth and then rises again. Most common to Western cultures would be the story of Jesus' death and Resurrection. The rain further pushes this idea by talking how everything on the earth is but seed and dust until if falls and things are able to grow and bloom. 

In the end, Whitman is connecting the sublime with the everyday of falling rain, and his spiritually with nature, ideas common with Romantics. 

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