What is the meaning behind “There Will Come Soft Rains”?

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To some extent, the answer to this question will vary slightly depending on if the question is asking about the poem by Sara Teasdale or the short story written by Ray Bradbury. Conveniently, the short story includes Teasdale's poem because the story does a wonderful job of further expanding the imagery set forth in the poem.

The poem has a strong emphasis on nature not caring whether mankind is around. Nature will simply keep being what it is and doing what it does:

And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,

Would scarcely know that we were gone.

The short story gives readers the same kind vibe and message, but there is a slight twist. The twist is that the house in the story goes about its business in the exact same way that it always has...

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