Walt Whitman's poem "The Voice of the Rain" begins with the poet asking the rain, "And who art thou?" which translates as "Who are you?" He requested that the rain introduce itself and identify itself since he was curious about its origins and the role it played in the world. The rain responded by telling him about the many people who have died over time due to water shortages and floods caused by it, and said that it was both a friend and enemy to mankind.
Whitman's question about the rain has inspired many artists and musicians. Here are just a few of them:
• Walt Disney asked viewers to imagine what life would be like without water during the 1964 film The Great Escape. In it, he portrayed an escape from a German POW camp where two men struggle to reach the coast through minefields and armed guards. During this time, a storm blows in, washing away their obstacles. When one of the men asks if they should thank the rain for helping them escape, the other man replies, "It wasn't the rain. It was God." This line became a popular song that was later covered by rock bands such as Pink Floyd and Genesis.
• John Lennon wrote a song called "Nobody Owns the Rain" about Whitman's quest for knowledge about the rain. It was first released on his album Spirit of '76 but was later added to his album Live Peace in Toronto '77.
What mission does the poet impose on the rain, and how does he react when he receives the answer? "Who art thou?" the poet asks the softly falling rain shower. Or, more specifically, who are you? The rain responds to the poet's inquiry, much to the poet's amazement. The poet wants to know why the rain answers his question, so the poet writes down what the rain says.
Here is how one translation of this poem begins:
"Rain, tell me who you are. What can you say? And yet I think I understand."
Another translation starts off with the same line:
"Tell me, Rain, who are you? What can you say? And yet I think I understand."
Yet another version reads:
"Rain, tell me who you are. What can you say? And yet I think I know you well."
Some translations add more questions to the end of the poem, like:
"Rain, tell me who you are. What can you say? And yet I think I love you too."
"Rain, tell me who you are. What can you say? And yet I think we're going to get married."
The speaker compares the role of the rain to that of a poet in creating this "song" (or poem, because Whitman refers to his poems as songs throughout Leaves of Grass). It leaves the poet's spirit and takes on other forms, but its essence remains the same, and it finally returns to the poet as love from his readers. Thus, the rain has helped the poet fulfill his purpose of giving voice to what others feel inside themselves.
This is one of many examples in which Walt Whitman uses nature to explain the workings of humanity. In this case, he is saying that even though the rain may appear to be destroying something, it is actually helping produce something new, just like people do when they express their feelings in words or music. This concept helps us understand why poets and musicians have always been treated with respect by society. They are able to see things others cannot, and they use their gifts to give voice to these ideas and emotions.
Here he is saying that music can accomplish all kinds of things, some good and some bad. But no matter what effect it has, it is only human nature responding to human nature, expressing itself through sound. No one can deny that music is powerful. It can move people to tears or to violence.
Whitman develops a dialogue between rain and poetry by using personification, extended metaphor, and a variety of other literary methods and tropes. Rain connects itself to poetry while also describing the nature of poetry. These connections are important for understanding why Whitman wrote about rain; he did so because it reminded him of poetry.
The main device Whitman uses to create this connection is personification. This means that each attribute of rain or poetry has a voice that can speak for itself.
Some examples of voices speaking for different attributes of rain or poetry are as follows: The Wind's voice speaks for the wind, while the Voice of Thunder describes the roar of thunder. Poetry's voice is that of Walt Whitman himself.
Other ways in which Whitman creates a dialogue between rain and poetry are through extended metaphor and comparison. For example, he compares the sound of rain on a window pane to the sound of poetry being read aloud. Also, the drops of rain are called "laurels" since they look like the laurel leaves worn by poets to mark their success.
Finally, Whitman uses various images and metaphors to describe the relationship between rain and poetry. Some examples include: "the whisper'd message," "the melodious rain," and "the gentle rain."
"Who are you?" the poet questions the soft-falling shower in the poem. It's unusual for the rain to respond to the poet. It returns to the earth's surface to offer water to drought-prone areas as well as to beautify and purify the ground (its birthplace).
The rain has come to say goodbye before going back to heaven where it belongs. As it falls, it leaves messages for those who know how to listen.
Sometimes we ask questions without knowing it. By doing so, we get answers from the universe. This is what happened with this particular poet. He had a question about why the rain was falling when there was no one around to hear it. However, even though he didn't realize it, the rain was answering his question by telling him that even though no one was listening, it was still talking.
If you think about it, everything around us is speaking all the time, but most of us don't notice them because they're so familiar that we forget they have voices. Animals talk to each other using sound, plants whisper together at night, the wind sings a song of nature, and the ocean speaks through its waves.
Even though we can't understand some of these conversations, we still learn from them. The poet learned that even if no one is listening, our actions have consequences that last long after we're gone.