What is the setting of "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

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Ray Bradbury's setting of place and time in his story of the same title as Teasdale's poem is a house in the post-apocalyptic year 2026. In fact, this setting is so important that it actually becomes the central character of the story that effectively conveys the theme of Bradbury's narrative; namely, that while technology can provide many conveniences, it can equally be a destructive force. It is this contrast that the house, which continues to attend to the lives of it occupants by announcing the time, letting in the dog, sweeping the floor, reading aloud poetry and preparing meals despite the absence of the family who lives there, has itself become a victim of technology.

Moreover, it is Nature that proves itself more powerful in the end. The humans have destroyed themselves, leaving Nature to burn the house and silence the voices inside the house. Finally there come the "soft rains" to put out the remaining fire, and the birds who will not mind "If mankind perished utterly" sing as though nothing has occurred; nature endures.

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