How does the speaker perceive the future in the poem "There Will Come Soft Rains"?
Sara Teasdale's poetry is often praised for its ability to be clear and simple. "There Will Come Soft Rains" is no exception. The poem's speaker provides readers with fantastically peaceful nature scenes. We are introduced to soft rains and the smell of wet ground. We are told about frogs and birds both singing. In general, everything seems to exist in peace and harmony with each other. Then readers are told about a war, and we are told that all of the previous nature is completely unaware of it. In fact, nature is so oblivious to mankind's existence that humans could vanish from the face of Earth, and almost all of creation wouldn't see the difference.
On one hand, I think Teasdale's poem presents an incredibly peaceful future. There will be no wars, and all of the nature will sing and whistle. It's quite beautiful to think about. Of course, the poem seems to indicate that all of this wondrous nature will thrive when humans perish utterly. This is a bleak look at the future of humanity because the poem hints at mankind completely destroying itself. That's dark, but at least nature goes on in ignorant bliss.
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