"There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground
and swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools singing at night
and wild plum trees in tremulous white;
robins will wear their feathery fire,
whisling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
will care at last when it is done.
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And spring herself, whe...more
This is one of my all time favorite short stories. It is also one of the most beautiful and haunting pieces of science fiction ever written. Reading this won't take much of your time, but it might just linger with you for a long time.
What I can say is that it's allusions are crisp, clear and clever.. words written with deep joy and beauty that only emerges from one with a great vision for the world and future. Considering this was written for 2026, his vision for the future is not far off to ho...more
And it is very, very good. The story is set in the year 2026 in a sophisticated, self-sustaining house surrounded by a barren wasteland of rubble. The family that had occupied the home must have died a long time before in some sort of nuclear war, as is hinted at via the ruined landscape, but the house is ignorant t...more
There is something quite disturbingly sad about the machines' brisk performance of chores and their seeming unawareness that they are alone. For this corner of lifeless world, the house is bu...more
I read "There Will Come Soft rains" for school. It was very interesting. But it was completely hard to understand by just reading it. I had to luck more clearly at it for an assignment, so while I was analyzing for my assignment... I started to someone enjoy it more.
Overall I did like this short story but i will never read this voluntarily.
Set in a post-apocalyptic futuristic world, humans have been obliterated. But the worlds goes on, if only for a little while. We get to see the remains of our machinations and it's deterioration as our legacy crumbles into oblivion.
Ironically, and purposefully, Bradbury's story shares its title with a 1920's poem by...more
However, this story might be enough to completely change that.
Of course, it helps that he's working off a beautiful poem, yet he manages to echo the melancholy and eeriness that the poem contains.
The story is very low key, and almost subtle -- you don't really realize what it's doing until you reach the end of the story and g...more
the scene is utterly violent, filled with death, decay, destruction, yet no despair - there are no human s...more
A bit unnerving, a bit hopeless, and sort of predictable. I enjoyed what it did even if the fears of nuclear Armageddon are growing hard to identify with twenty years after the end of the Cold War. Luckily, it deals little with the war, the bomb, or any of those details.
It is nice to read the short story although I feel that the poem is more powerful. Seeing it referenced in Fallout 3 and Adventure Time paying it homage in an upcoming episode will...more