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There Will Come Soft Rains

by Ray Bradbury

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What is the difference between the short story and Sarah Teasdale's poem "There Will Come Soft Rains"?

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Both the Ray Bradbury short story and the Sara Teasdale poem are entitled, “There Will Come Soft Rains”.  However, there is a stark contrast between the selections. In the Bradbury short story, human life is annihilated, while technology endures. The setting for the short story is a typical family home. The technological gadgets in the house continue to function as if the householders were present. The existence or non-existence of humans has no effect on the routines of the robotic servants within the home. Technology becomes the focus of the selection.

 On the other hand, in the Sara Teasdale poem, nature is focus. The environment in this selection is populated by animals, such as robins, swallows and frogs. As the animals interact with the natural environment, they are unaware of human interactions with one another. In fact, according to the Teasdale poem, if humankind vanished entirely, either by or natural disaster or a man-made catastrophe, nature “would scarcely know that we were gone.” Teasdale marvels at the natural perfection found in the ecological cycle of life.

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