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by Ray Bradbury

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Are there any poems written by famous authors that match the theme of "The Veldt" by Ray Bradbury?

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Check out another of Bradbury's short stories called "There Will Come Soft Rains." In that story, a nuclear war has occurred. The family is dead but the automated house continues to operate for a time. One of the house's features is that it recites poetry at a certain time each day. The poem recited on that particular day is a poem by Sara Teasdale which has the same title as the story: "There Will Come Soft Rains." The speaker of this poem suggests that following a war, no one will care that humanity has wiped itself out. In other words, nature and the animals will not care. Humanity can only destroy itself. The common theme in "The Veldt" and "There Will Come Soft Rains" (Bradbury's story and Teasdale's poem) is the danger of a dependence upon and an obsession with technology. But this goes with the idea of greed as well. People too greedy for convenience and all that technology can give them will lose some sense of humanity. The parents in "The Veldt" allow the nursery (technology) to become the children's parent. They shirk that responsibility. The children become addicted to this technology and with no real parental guidance, they crave it more and more. Their greed becomes insatiable. The idea of greed and an insatiable reliance upon technology are supplemental themes in "The Veldt." 


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