There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury

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What effect does Sara Teasdale's poem have on the short story "There Will Come Soft Rains"?  

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The science fiction short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury was written and published during the Cold War era, when many people feared the devastation of nuclear war. In the story, an automated house continues to operate despite the absence of its human occupants. The reader learns what has happened to them when Bradbury describes a burned outside wall with human silhouettes charred into it. Beyond, the ruined city glows with radioactivity. It is obvious that the dreaded nuclear conflict has already occurred.

The house functions normally until a falling branch shatters a window and starts a fire. The house's automated defense mechanisms are unable to cope with the swiftly spreading fire, and the house burns down. It had been the only house left standing in the area. Now, there are only devastated remains of the human civilization that once flourished in that place.

The poem by Sara Teasdale that Bradbury quotes gives expression to the emotional impact and message of this...

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