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Rain

Rain, midnight rain, nothing but the wild rain
On this bleak hut, and solitude, and me
Remembering again that I shall die
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  • Joey Valenzuela (3/7/2010 10:47:00 PM)

    if edward thomas lived in a war, then it could be possible that the RAIN indicates the bullets. and therefore, the sound it makeson our roofs signifies the noices(gunfires here, gunfires there)

    Remembering again that I shall die
    And neither hear the rain nor give it thanks
    For washing me cleaner than I have been
    Since I was born into this solitude..

    this signifies the chance to die in a war.

    .the 'washing me cleaner than i have been since i was born into this solitude' signifies the effect of the rain (war) to the narrator...and solitude means fear/loneliness. thus he was born in a war, or maybe live...

    Blessed are the dead that the rain rains upon:
    But here I pray that none whom once I loved
    Is dying to-night or lying still awake
    Solitary, listening to the rain,

    'blessed are the dead' because they can no more experience the fear of war
    'but here i pray that none whom once i loved is dying tonight'-the narrator wishes that his loved ones(family, maybe) are safe...
    'or lying still awake...listening to the rain' this one signifies the wish of the narrator that no one would be wounded...if you're wounded, you can do nothing but lie, and just listen to what is happening....

    'among the living and the dead, ' signifies no exact fate in a war...

    Like me who have no love which this wild rain
    Has not dissolved except the love of death,

    'the love of death' signifies the will and courage to fight.

    If love it be towards what is perfect and
    Cannot, the tempest tells me, disappoint.

    in this last two lines the narrator wishes that the result of the war is goodness ('perfect') and not 'disappointment'

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  • Terence George Craddock (3/7/2010 6:19:00 PM)

    Interesting that Michael imagines ‘that he (Edward Thomas) composed this melancholy poem while on a training exercise with the Royal Garrison Artillery in England’ in 1916 on the run, when it is a later poem. Why not check the dates, all his poems were dated, if the date matters? To quote three different critics, ‘He is commonly considered a war poet, although few of his poems (only 13) deal directly with his war experiences. ‘In just two years, he wrote over 140 poems. Written during wartime, while serving as a soldier, much of his work blends and shifts between meditative recollections of his beloved countryside and his experiences in battle.’
    ‘Thomas's poetry connects World War I to his prewar feelings that urbanization and industrialization were destroying the countryside and undermining country life and values.’ The romantic soliloquy, “Rain' 'in which the speaker, listening to the rain, remembers “again that I shall die / And neither hear the rain nor give it thanks
    / For washing me cleaner than I have been / Since I was born into this solitude”—are early expressions of the alienation articulated by twentieth century writers.’
    ‘Although Thomas's poetry concerns war, it does not directly address his experiences in the trenches or display patriotic fervor.’

  • Gone Away (3/7/2010 11:35:00 AM)

    The tone of this poem is dark and given the circumstances you can understand why. It is lifted for me by the fact that he is able to think of others that he loves or loved once and hope for better things for them.

  • Ramesh T A (3/7/2010 1:54:00 AM)

    Unwanted rain just as falling on stiff reed does not promote love but death only! The thought on the difference of liveliness and lifelessness rain has caused the poet to muse over and writer this poem which provokes thoughts on those matters!

  • Joseph Poewhit (3/7/2010 1:08:00 AM)

    A very bleak attitude. What seems missing is GOD in his life. With GOD a person is never alone in life.

  • Edith Oram (3/7/2008 10:35:00 AM)

    Bleak, Thomas is in a very dark place.

  • Jose Gallego (3/7/2006 1:07:00 PM)

    Thomas said 'like me who have no love which this wild rain', now we can say how much you were not understood and how much hard were your life; but not, i ´d rather say the rain is the milk that feed your soul, for you I now it is enough.

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