Poetry Analysis
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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.
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Decide what, if any, meaning the title of the poem has.
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Identify who or what the speaker is and what tone that speaker is conveying to the reader.
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Explain one key symbol and its meaning.
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The poet's purpose and the intended theme of the poem: these may be the same.
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