what is this poem about?what are 5 symbols in this poem and what are their significance?what season is referred in this poem? does it reflect emotion? Green Rain   I remember the long veils of...

what is this poem about?what are 5 symbols in this poem and what are their significance?what season is referred in this poem? does it reflect emotion?

Green Rain

 

I remember the long veils of green rain

Feathered like the shawl of my grandmother---

Green from the half-green of the spring trees

Waving in the valley.

 

I remember the road

Like the one which lead's to my grandmothers house,

A warm house, with green carpets,

Geraniums, a trilling canary

And shiny horse-hair chairs;

And the silence, full of the rain's falling

Was like my grandmothers parlour

Alive with herself and her voice, rising and falling-

Rain and wind intermingled.

 

I remember on that day

I was thinking only of my love

And of my love's house.

But now I remember the day

As I remember my grandmother.

I remember the rain as the feathery fringe of her shawl. 

 

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I will help you get started on this, but it will be more fun for you to figure out all of the symbols.

I think that this poem is a lament for a lost love. The poem is written in the past tense, as a memory. The speaker states that she was thinking about her love "on that day" but now, that day is only a memory, just like the memory of her grandmother. The memory of the love is not bitter or angry, but nostalgic, just like her memories of her grandmother.

It is springtime, when everything is green and new growth is appearing, but there is also rain, which is usually a symbol or metaphor for tears, or sadness. The rain is like "long veils" - again, a veil is a symbol of mourning, probably for things that no longer exist -- like her love and like her grandmother.

So, now that I have explained this, look at the second stanza. There are several things that could be symbols: green carpets, geraniums, a trilling canary (notice, it is NOT a silent canary), the parlour (which IS silent), rain and wind.....Can you see how these elements of nature are used in the poem to convey different feelings towards the love and towards the grandmother?

Good luck!

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