The voice of the rain of class 11th narrates a conversation the poet had with the falling drops of rain and asking who are they? The reply he got was “the poem of the earth”. After that, the downpour defines how it in the form of vapors goes up into the clouds and falls back as rain relieving every individual.
The Voice Of The Rain – About the Poet
Walt Whitman shares a conversation he had with the falling drops and tells us about the cyclic creation that supports the various beings on the earth by its freshness and regular cycle. He also compares rain to a song born in the heart of an individual enjoying pleasures of the life.
Central Idea of The Voice Of The Rain
The poet had a conversation with the downpour asking the rain its’s abode. The reply he got was very surprising and the rain told him that he cannot touch her as she rises in the form of vapors and changes its shape but remains almost the same.
It falls back by completing a cycle and goes back by nurturing the beings, purifying its birthplace, and instilling life in the seeds to germinate.
The rain doesn’t care if anyone pays attention to her or not but still comes and goes back to complete her responsibility. The song is from the heart of the p[oet and it travels across to fulfill the aim for its birthplace.
The Voice Of The Rain Summary
And who art thou? said I to the soft-falling shower, Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated: I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain Eternal I rise impalpable out of the land and the bottomless sea,
In the above lines, the poet is asking the soft-falling raindrops,” Who are you?” to which she replied in a strange way that she was the poem of the earth and hails from the land and bottomless sea in the form of water vapors.
- Who art thou – Who are you
- Eternal – never-ending
- Impalpable – which cannot be described
Upward to heaven, whence, vaguely form’d, altogether changed, and yet the same, I descend to lave the droughts, atomies, dust-layers of the globe, And all that in them without me were seeds only, latent, unborn;
Through this stanza, the rain told that she rises from the land and sea to high above the sky in the form of vapors i.e. the vapors condense into droplets. It also says that though its form changes, she remains the same. It comes down to heal from the drought and provide fresh water.
It washes away the dust and other particles from the surface gives water to the seeds to nurture, instilling life in them.
- Whence – where
- Vaguely – not clearly
- Descend – come down
- Lave – wash; bathe
- Atomies – small particles
- Latent – hidden/buried
And forever, by day and night, I give back life to my own origin, And make pure and beautify it; (For song, issuing from its birth-place, after fulfillment, wandering Reck’d or unreck’d, duly with love returns.) Reck’d or unreck’d – it means whether cared for or not cared for. It doesn’t affect the rain nor the poet if someone listened to the rain or not.
The rains say that day and night she provides freshness life, care, and enrichment to the place where it is born. It keeps on adorning the beauty and serenity by preparing a life cycle for herself again. It fulfills many needs of us and then goes back to its originator with love and care.
Literary Devices in The Voice Of The Rain
- Personification – the poet used a non-living thing as a living thing in the poet, eg I am the Poem of Earth, said the voice of the rain
- Metaphor – an indirect comparison between the qualities of different things eg I am the Poem of Earth – rain is being compared to a poem
- Hyperbole – exaggerated statements eg Bottomless sea
- Imagery – visual description of something eg Soft-falling shower
The summary of the voice of the rain written by Walt Whitman presents a conversation between him and the falling drops. In her reply, she describes her importance for the mother earth. She also describes her cyclic pattern that how she paves her way from the land and bottomless sea soaring high above the clouds in the form of vapors and coming down she nurtures every being with its freshness and instilling life to the seeds and going again to its poet(Originator).