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The Voice of the Rain The Voice of the Rain

And who art thou? said I to the soft-falling shower, Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated: a. What question does the poet ask the rain? Does he expect an answer? If not, why? b. What does the expression "soft-falling shower" suggest? c. What language does the poet receive the answer in? How was he able to interpret and translate it?
a. The poet asks the rain to give its introduction and disclose its identity. Since the rain is phenomenon and not a person of flesh and blood, the poet does not expect an answer. b. The expression suggests that rain has a soothing effect. Its pitpat, rather than being jarring, is welcome to the ears. Hence it has been called 'soft-falling shower.' c. Rain being a natural phenomenon and not a person couldn't have a dialogue with the poet. It could only he apprehended by him. The delicacy of his emotional response and his sensibility made him comprehend it’s pattering and translate its sounds in words for us.
I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain, Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the bottomless sea. Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely form'd, altogether changed, and yet the same a. What poetic device does the poet use here? What makes him use this device? b. What does the rain say about its origin? c. Explain: 'I rise impalpable'. . d. Rain drops are well formed with a tear-drop like shape. On rising as clouds they assume a vague and an ill-defined shape. Then why does the rain say, 'altogether changed, and ‘yet the same'?
I descend to lave the droughts, atomies, dust-layers of the globe, And all that in them without me were seeds only, latent, unborn; And forever, by day and night, I give back life to my own origin, And make pure and beautify it. a. Having risen upward to heaven rain attains an envious position. Why does it, then descend once again? b. What does it do day and night? c. How does it give back life to its own origin? d. How does rain 'purify and beautify it' (its own origin)?
There are two voices in the poem. Who do they belong to? Which lines indicate this?
What does the phrase "strange to tell" mean?
There is a parallel drawn between rain and music. Which words indicate this? Explain the similarity between the two.
How is the cyclic movement of rain brought out in the poem? Compare it with what you have learnt in science.
Why are the last two lines put within brackets?
The poem is a dialogue. Between whom does this dialogue take place? What prompts this dialogue?
Voice' is a word, which refers to human voice. For rain one normally uses the word 'sound '. Why does the poet refer to the sound of the rain as the voice of the rain?
Describe rain's journey from the surface of land and womb of the ocean to the sky?
As the rain descends to the earth, what different activities does it involve itself in?
Is the rain justified in calling itself 'The Poem of Earth'?
Why does rain say, 'I give back life to my own origin’? What else does rain give life to?

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