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Author: poem of Connie Wanek Type: poem Views: 16

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I don't know if we're in the beginning

or in the final stage.

                    -- Tomas Tranströmer

Rain is falling through the roof.

And all that prospered under the sun,

the books that opened in the morning

and closed at night, and all day

turned their pages to the light;

the sketches of boats and strong forearms

and clever faces, and of fields

and barns, and of a bowl of eggs,

and lying across the piano

the silver stick of a flute; everything

invented and imagined,

everything whispered and sung,

all silenced by cold rain.

The sky is the color of gravestones.

The rain tastes like salt, and rises

in the streets like a ruinous tide.

We spoke of millions, of billions of years.

We talked and talked.

Then a drop of rain fell

into the sound hole of the guitar, another

onto the unmade bed. And after us,

the rain will cease or it will go on falling,

even upon itself.


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This is not despair but contemplation brought on by
the misty rain that touches the entire day/night. The rain is tangible but not, and pushes thoughts to slow and look backwards and forward

| Posted on 2011-02-09 | by a guest

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The tone of the poem is dreary. Wanek uses rain to symbolize tears. The rain is destroying everything. Rain can symbolize many things like hope and renewal, but in this case, destruction.
In the first two paragraphs Wanek gives the reader a happy, descriptive image but the tone of the poem changes after one phrase, “silenced by cold rain”. Within these four words is a powerful message that creates a change of image, voice, and the poem’s entire message.

| Posted on 2010-05-02 | by a guest

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In this poem, the poet uses a surplus of imagery to allow the reader to fully see what she is trying to get us to picture. In the first line, she talks about how rain, which can be destructive or helpful, is seeping into a room where books and other material things reside. In the lines to follow, she writes about how everything that flourished under the sun, turned away to try and find the light that they so desperately need. This shows the destructive side to rain because it paints the picture of a dark day with rain falling and silencing all activities that happen during the day. In the second paragraph, the poet writes about a portrait, which has sketches of boats and barns and this creates the image of a perfect utopia where everything is peaceful and nothing has disturbed it. The paragraph that follows this peaceful picture, is where the foreboding and evil rain begins to make its appearance again. She writes about how everything that was ever thought of or invented or talked about was cruelly silenced by a dark and heartless rain. This is where the poem beings to take a turn, instead of going from happy imagery to being scarred by dark imagery, the poem begins to go into a darker tone, one that is almost hopeless and filled with sorrow. She begins this change with a metaphor which compares the color of the sky to the color of gravestones, which paints the picture of death. In the lines after this depressing statement, she begins to write about how rain becomes destructive like a tide that has the power to destroy things. After this climax, it begins too lower down in the dark tone and begins to soften in tone. The poet begins to talk about the past by talking about "millions, of billions of years" and from there it went back into the present in the next paragraph. The poem brings us back to a room again, and the rain is still falling through the roof, which indicates the poem ending right where it started. The ending talks about rain, and how it will continue to fall, no matter what.

| Posted on 2010-05-02 | by a guest

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