The Voice of the Rain
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And who art thou? said I to the soft-falling shower, Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer, as here translated: a. What question does the poet ask the rain? Does he expect an answer? If not, why? b. What does the expression "soft-falling shower" suggest? c. What language does the poet receive the answer in? How was he able to interpret and translate it?
a. The poet asks the rain to give its introduction and disclose its identity. Since the rain is phenomenon and not a person of flesh and blood, the poet does not expect an answer. b. The expression suggests that rain has a soothing effect. Its pitpat, rather than being jarring, is welcome to the ears. Hence it has been called 'soft-falling shower.' c. Rain being a natural phenomenon and not a person couldn't have a dialogue with the poet. It could only he apprehended by him. The delicacy of his emotional response and his sensibility made him comprehend it’s pattering and translate its sounds in words for us.