Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)


The rain is raining all around,
It falls on field and tree,
It rains on the umbrellas here,
And on the ships at sea.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003
Edited: Wednesday, August 10, 2011


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  • Rookie - 394 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (2/24/2014 8:26:00 AM)

    Pitter patter, pitter patter
    Drumming on roofs and streets
    Oh, what a wonderful music
    That is so welcome and so sweet..............

    I welcome all ye poets reading this to my page toooooooo........................... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tej Singh (2/24/2014 6:31:00 AM)

    a nice stanza. I appreciates you.
    i am also having a ste. t is also for studies. in this site there are poems stories articles etc.
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  • Rookie - 938 Points Paul Reed (2/24/2014 3:04:00 AM)

    We shouldnt look too hard for meanings. Just enjoy RLS's wicked sense of humour, rather like Spike Milligan's, using the medium of poetry to surprise and amuse (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 213 Points Manonton Dalan (2/24/2012 4:23:00 AM)

    maybe this is one of his unfinished
    works. i wonder what interrupted
    his thought process...pain in his head. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 18 Points Ian Fraser (2/26/2010 7:38:00 AM)

    Stevenson in one of his lighter moments with more than a touch of another great tongue-in-cheek writer, Lewis Carroll. It would be nice to see an anthology of other send-ups of Victorian 'high seriousness'. Maybe someone knows of one. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joey Valenzuela (2/24/2010 9:15:00 PM)

    the rain seems to signify nothing but the water that falls from the's literal..

    but the poem somewhat implies the economic statuses....marxism...
    its not common to put this different places in just one poem....

    It falls on field and tree,
    *******this line implies simple life, somewhat in the creates an imagery wherein you could see no building except the fields and trees...and when it rains you could only watch the rain falling to the nature(field and tree)

    It rains on the umbrellas here,
    *******this line implies a life in which the life is not so simple nor too extravagant....this line creates an imagery wherein people move around the community, or maybe in the market place, using umbrellas during rain.

    And on the ships at sea
    *******this line implies an extravagant life....the life of wealthy creates an imagery wherein rich people are just sailing everywhere for a business matter and enjoying their lives in the ships listening to the orchestra or swaying with a dance song...

    hope to make sense..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gone Away (2/24/2010 11:42:00 AM)

    Scottish rain surely? or maybe Samoan. He did spend a few years in Bournemouth though....maybe he was inspired by the rain there! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Terence George Craddock (2/24/2010 9:24:00 AM)

    It is English rain, of course it falls everywhere and for a very long time. It rains everywhere, on everyone and everything, there is no escape, not even far out at sea. This is the point. There is no escape. It is umbrella weather and a lot of rain is falling. A good title might be... 'Rain'. Actually if the third line ended with held instead of here, the end rhyme would be stronger, and together with the alliteration of the other three lines, the poem would have a stronger vitality. Ah dare I say this, the other accomplished poets, posted their remarks, there is no printing process involved here. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 461 Points Ramesh T A (2/24/2010 7:36:00 AM)

    Indeed rain falls over everything - tree or umbrella or ship! Rain is received by tree; rain is prevented by umbrella and rain cannot be done with by ship at sea! Three different things at three different places happening due to rain. It is thought provoking though looks to be simple and nothing! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (2/24/2010 5:45:00 AM)

    The poem contrasts the urban comfort of the man with his umbrella, and the 'umbrella' of the navy and the countryside that were the basis of Britain's power when Stevenson was writing. These 'umbrellas' protected the man in the street, as did his real umbrella; but the sea and the countryside were worked by men exposed, not only to the rain, but all the other dangers and contingencies that arose when not under the umbrella of their home country. This is a little poem which speaks of great things. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Himaya Marinas (2/24/2009 8:06:00 PM)

    it must be a very significant rain then, it's been all around. When it's raining the rain will rain in a certain area.Rain brings life.Life for an ordinary people seeking for purpose. And drains all the sadness that burden within the heart of those who are suffer from doom. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie T S (2/24/2009 1:49:00 PM)

    We are all entitled to our opinions be it good or bad
    We all have different levels of understanding of a Poets Work.
    I don't like this Poem very much, but dont feel the need to analyze my opinon.
    I do not comment on Poetry I do not enjoy, But I have made this an exception.
    Mr RL Stevenson was a Talented Authour, Maybe we expected something more deep than RAIN. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Pruchnicki (2/24/2009 8:10:00 AM)

    The accomplished poets who commented on RAIN have demonstrated their ignorance by the snide remarks printed here. Except for one Jiang Yunsheng who picked up on the essence of Stevenson's quatrain, haiku-like in its brevity and imagery. As Jiang points out, suggestion and a specific insight mark much of poetry from the East. Why not give the poem more than a brief glance and a snarky comment? You might get in the groove! (Report) Reply

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