What is the significance of the poem in the story "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

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The classic science fiction short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury tells of an automated future house going through its programmed existence, although it has no inhabitants. It gives a wakeup call, cooks breakfast, and cleans up. The reader learns that this is the only house left standing at the edge of a ruined radioactive city. The house seems to be a model of efficiency and comfort, but Bradbury gives a vivid picture of the horrific nuclear explosion that destroyed its former inhabitants as he describes one wall that is charred black except for the outlines of a mother, father, and two children.

It is ironic that the house continues to function after its owners have died. However, eventually, natural circumstances come together to destroy the house. A tree branch breaks a window and starts a fire, and though the house's safety features attempt to compensate, they are unable to cope with the disaster and the house burns down and collapses.

As part of the house's...

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