With no one to talk to, the shepherd had time to think about many things. He could if he so desired just allow his mind to wander aimlessly from thought to thought or else he could utilize the time to develop his thought processes and to draw near to God. The shepherd life gave great opportunity for a person to use the time to become a man of great devotion and prayer. Obviously David spent his time doing just that.
Yet the house is empty. Breakfast is automatically made, but there is no one to eat it. Outside, where the automatic sprinklers come on, a wall can be seen where the paint has all been burned off except for a few silhouettes.
There is a silhouette of a man and woman doing yardwork and of a boy and a girl throwing a ball. The rest of the neighborhood is charred and flattened, and a radioactive glow hangs over the city.
A dog enters the house, covered with sores, and dies. The robotic mice that automatically clean the house take the dog away to the incinerator. As evening comes, the house automatically reads the woman's favorite poem, "There Will Come Soft Rains.
Later that night, a tree bough falls on the house, causing a fire that consumes all of the house but one wall. In October ofa rocket lands on Mars. It carries a husband and wife and three boys. They have a stockpile of food.
They head down a canal in a boat. The Dad has a mysterious smile on his face, and his eldest but still young son Timothy tries to understand what is happening.
Suddenly, they hear an explosion, as their rocket self-destructs. The Dad explains that he has brought them away from Earth to start a new life on Mars. The next day, the Edwards will arrive with their daughters, and together they will start life anew. The Dad lets his boys pick out a city to live in, and he burns a number of papers he brought from Earth, even a map of Earth.
He then takes his boys to see some Martians.
He has them look into the canal at their own reflections. The poem within the story describes how happy nature will be when man has destroyed himself, but the truth is that nature has been decimated by the war. The dog that comes in to die is lean and covered with sores.
The rest of the city is "rubble and ashes. Yet nature lives on in a mechanical form. Mechanical mice scurry about the house.
The closest thing to soft rains that fall are the mechanical rains of the sprinkler system that goes off when the house catches fire. The poem, which seems pessimistic, is actually very optimistic compared to the reality.Soft Sided Cooler Reviews – Our Top Picks.
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There Will Come Soft Rains Questions and Answers - Discover the initiativeblog.com community of teachers, mentors and students just like you that can answer any question you might have on There Will Come. There Will Come Soft Rains" is a line poem by Sara Teasdale.
The work was first published in the July issue of Harper's Magazine, and later included in her collection Flame and Shadow (see in poetry). The poem imagines nature reclaiming a battlefield after the fighting is finished.
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