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What is a summary of "How Beautiful Is The Rain" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?

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headofschool | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted June 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM via web

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What is a summary of "How Beautiful Is The Rain" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted June 25, 2013 at 11:05 PM (Answer #1)

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Longfellow's poem is about the coming of rain in a draught or in a dry season. He heralds how the rain looks coming down in "fiery" streets and lanes. He tells of how it sounds as it "clatters" along dry rooftops and how it gushes out of dry, "choking" water spouts, tumbling down from the roofs. He speaks of how it clatters on the "window pane" while washing a "muddy tide" of accumulated dry dirt ahead of it. He ends by saying how welcome rain is to the plants on the  plains: " How welcome is the rain!"

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