There Will Come Soft Rains" is a short story by science fiction author Ray Bradbury which was first published in the May 6, 1950 issue of Collier's. Later that same year the story was included in Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1950). The story begins introducing the reader to a computer-controlled house which cooks, cleans and takes care of virtually every need that a well-to-do United States family could be assumed to have
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Eight-one, tick-tock, eight-one o'clock, off to school, off to work, run, run, eight-one! But no doors slammed, no carpets took the soft tread of rubber heels. It was raining outside. At night the ruined city gave of a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles. The garden sprinklers whirled up in golden founts, filling the soft morning air with scatterings of brightness. The water pelted windowpanes, running down the charred west side where the house had been burned evenly free of its white paint. The entire west face of the house was black, save for five places.
First published in 1950, "There Will Come Soft Rains" is a futuristic story that follows the activities of an automated house after its human residents have been obliterated, most likely by a nuclear weapon. The Influence of Sara Teasdale. The story takes its title from a poem by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933). In her poem "There Will Come Soft Rains", Teasdale envisions an idyllic post-apocalyptic world in which nature continues peacefully, beautifully, and indifferently after the extinction of humankind. The poem is told in gentle, rhyming couplets. The clock ticks relentlessly, and the house keeps moving through its normal routines. Every hour that passes magnifies the permanence of the family's absence. They will never again enjoy a happy moment in their yard. They will never again participate in any of the regular activities of their home life. The Use of Surrogates.
Unlike the majority of Teasdale’s war poems, There Will Come Soft Rains has not been entirely forgotten. Three decades after its initial publication, in the wake of World War II, Ray Bradbury featured the poem as the foundation of a similarly post-apocalyptic short story, also titled There Will Come Soft Rains, in his 1950 novel The Martian Chronicles. In his re-appropriation, Bradbury portrays a future world that has been destroyed by mankind’s heedless progress: mechanical mice scurry energetically around a house while a dog, covered in radioactive sores, lies down and dies.
She was home-schooled until she was nine and traveled frequently to Chicago, where she became part of the circle surrounding Poetry magazine and Harriet Monroe. Teasdale published Sonnets to Duse, and Other Poems, her first volume of verse, in 1907. Her second collection, Helen of Troy, and Other Poems, followed in 1911, and her third, Rivers to the Sea, in 1915. 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.
There will come soft rain and the smell of the ground, And swallows circling with their shimmering sound; In the first of Teasdale’s rhyming couplets the narrator describes a natural moment in which everything will be aligned and rejuvenated. There will come during the day a soft rain. This rain will bring out all of the smells in the ground. The leaves and mud and all manner of creatures will be turned over and their scent, that of earth, death, and life will fill the air. In this moment there will also be birds overhead. These birds, in particular swallows, will be circling, watching, and.
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|2||Time Has Stopped Inside This House||2:30|
|3||Reclaimed By Nature||4:29|
|4||There Will Come Soft Rains||6:06|
|5||I Shall Not Care||5:58|
- Keyboards [Keys], Noises [Noise] – Alexandru Das
NotesRecorded October 2012 in Bucharest
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