The rain is an unforgiving curse
Leaving its mark
Bringing loved ones home in a hearse
No one understands the rain
You’d like to go inside
But what’s the point? You’re already soaked
Besides, there’s no place where you could be dried
You’re submerged in the rain; there’s no coming out
It’s like being forced to play outside
But in the rain; all alone
There were others who played with pride
But their mama’s were calling them home, I suppose
I despise the rain
But others see its purpose
Driven by propaganda
It’s driving me insane
Even after the long, cold rain
After the sun finally shines
I can still feel the pain
It lingers; it’s running through my veins
No one understands the war
It brings the flags to half mass
Remembering those who have passed
The war is an unforgiving curse.
- Determine the subject of the poem
This poem is about the subject of war using the word rain for a visual effect. It addresses the historical issues of young people getting thrown into World War 1.
- Identify the poem’s narrator
The speaker is the narrator who is a young boy in the war. He is speaking to those who are at home and “don’t understand the war”. The boy is alone in a war zone writing while he still can.
- Note the diction (word choice) of the poet
- Determine the tone of the poem
The poem is very serious and sad. The words alone, pain, insane, despise etc. shows how the people in the war may have felt.
- Determine the rhythmical devices used by the poet
Each stanza in this poem is 4 lines. End rhyme is used often in this poem but not consistent enough to be considered to have a rhyme scheme.
- Note the use of other literary devices
This poem creates the allusion of the war not using the actual word “war” until the very end. Instead, the poet (me) uses the word rain almost comparing rain to war. This is also why the poem is called rain.
- Determine the values of the poem
I think that the poem does a good job in making the reader emotional and even though it’s not an inspirational poem (my bad) it makes the reader think.