There Will Come Soft Rains Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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What is the poet's attitude towards mankind in "There Will Come Soft Rains"? How do you know?

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I assume that you are asking about the poet the house selects, Sara Teasdale, citing her as the wife's favorite. The house proceeds to recite Teasdale's poem, "There Will Come Soft Rains," even after the family that once lived in the home has evidently been incinerated (which we learn about from the description of their silhouettes in the paint on the outside of the house and the reference to the now-radioactive city nearby).

In the poem, the speaker describes nature—its smells and sounds, its beauties and its creatures—and how nature will not "know of the war" that human beings will wage on one another to our own complete and utter destruction. The speaker claims that not one creature in nature "would mind" if humankind were wiped off the face of the earth, and the season of spring would not even realize that we were gone. This poem seems to convey the poet's feeling that humankind is hopelessly violent and even short-sighted, as shown by the speaker's claim that we will wage "war" on one another until we are all gone. We are so violent that we will not even realize that we threaten our very own existence. Further, we are obviously completely inessential to the world because it will go on, so peacefully and prosperously, in our absence.

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