Saturday, March 19, 2011

Classic Poetry - (There Will Come Soft Rains) Sara Teasdale

There Will Come Soft Rains

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.

~ Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale (August 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933)

Sara was a wonderful poet who lived a sad life. There is not much about historically that I know save for the fact she was Sylvia Plath before Sylvia was Sylvia. She ended up committing suicide at the young age of 33.

A slightly odd fact about this poem is that it inspired a story by science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. His story was then used in many adaptations with her words echoing through them all. The story is about an automated house that after an apocalypse still serves and assists its dead family. Although it seems morbid and grotesque the actually is quite intriguing. If you like sci fi it is a quick and decent read. For more about the Ray Bradbury’s inspired story please read here.

In the video below the poem is found in a video game called Fall Out 3. It is a post apocalyptic game in which after many hours of playing you can stumble on a house where a robot recites this poem.

What are your thoughts on this poem? What are your thoughts on Sara Teasdale? Do you have any poems or anything else written by her you prefer? Please feel free to share your thoughts on either the poem displayed here or whatever you wish about Sara Teasdale in the comment section below.

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  1. I myself found thi svery interesting. I have had an obsession with post WWIII or sci fi apocolyptic style movies since I was a kid. Its neat to see the video game geeks and fantasy nerds like myslef can include the past and poetry into their many imagined worlds. It made my inner dork smile a bit.

  2. Based on this poem, I'd like to read more of her work. I suspect she used the apocalyptic theme to express sentiments of her life. Enjoyed learning about her. Thanks.

  3. I love the truth and wisdom Teasdale shares in much of her work, and in this particular poem.

  4. To me, her most powerful and stunning work was her suicide note (can you imagine being the guy this was directed at?):

    When I am dead, and over me bright April
    Shakes out her rain drenched hair,
    Tho you should lean above me broken hearted,
    I shall not care.
    For I shall have peace.
    As leafey trees are peaceful
    When rain bends down the bough.
    And I shall be more silent and cold hearted
    Than you are now.

    Suicide note to her lover who left her.
    ~~ Sara Teasdale, poet, d. 1933

  5. I wish there was more attention to poetry like this amongst the Blogland fraternity - or sisterhood, perhaps?!


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