There Will Come Soft Rains
There Will Come Soft Rains was written by Sara Teasdale as part of
one of her works, Collected Poems. It is a lyrical poem that deals with the
subsistence of mankind and nature together. It also deals with the serene
beauty and existence of nature itself. Throughout the poem, Sara Teasdale
emphasizes the existence of mankind and nature in two different worlds, yet
the two worlds are also still one in the same.

There Will Come Soft Rains has both a literal and figurative meaning.

The first three stanzas have literal meaning. They describe nature and its
existence in relation to mankind. The last three stanzas have figurative
meaning. They describe the individuality of nature by accentuating the
separation of both worlds and indicating that their world would remain
unaltered without the existence of mankind.

The first stanza involves the peaceful clashing of both worlds. Soft
rains symbolize a silent war that constantly rages, yet causes no harm. The
second stanza describes nature in its natural habitat. The frogs represent all
of nature and the pools represent their natural environment. The third stanza
again represents the peaceful coexistence of both worlds. The fence wire
represents mankind, and the robins represent nature.

The last three stanzas of the poem figuratively depict the war between
nature and mankind. Sara Teasdale focuses on nature and their unchanged
existence without man. These last three stanzas serve to further illustrate the
separation of both worlds. The fifth stanza creates the image of a world
without man. The sixth stanza demonstrates the reaction of nature to being
alone in the world. Sara Teasdale uses Spring to represent nature, and her
reaction symbolizes the thoughts and ideas of nature as a whole.

Sara Teasdale uses rhyme at the end of each verse of this poem.

Rhyme is the repetition of words or syllables with similar sounds. In There
Will Come Soft Rains, the last words of each stanza rhyme. She also uses
imagery in this poem. Imagery is a technique in which writers convey many
messages with few words by creating mental pictures for the reader and
combining them all at once. Sara Teasdale uses sound to create images in
this poem. The sounds of the frogs and the robins convey the calmness of the
setting. The world is placid, and the only sounds are the harmonious songs of

The theme of There Will come Soft Rains is peace. The theme also has
both literal and figurative meanings. Nature and Mankind both literally exist
in the same world, but figuratively, their worlds are utterly different. These
two worlds are able to survive peacefully with only one common bond, the
world they share. The silent war rages on, but it is not a war of violence.

Two totally opposite worlds have learned to coexist with each other, for they
realize that they both are one in the same.