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.