“There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sara Teasdale.
There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools, singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white,
Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.
To begin, we first notice that the title of the poem is the namesake of the short story, implying that Bradbury wanted the poem to be an essential part of the story. It should also be known that Sara Teasdale wrote this poem in 1920, the year after World War I ended. In line ten, Teasdale alludes to human extinction at the hands of war with “mankind perished utterly.” This writing of human extinction was unusual for her time, and not a commonplace thought until the invention of nuclear weapons almost 25 years later. Bradbury uses Teasdale’s poem to warn of humankinds impending extinction with the continued use of atomic bombs and warfare. He also introduces his other point; nature will always prevail over humanity and its inventions.