Stanza 1: The rain says that it looks like dotted silver threads which have been dropped from the heavens by the gods. When it has fallen, Nature takes it to embellish her fields and valleys.

Stanza 2: The speaker is the rain. It says that it is like a beautiful pearl plucked from the crown of Ishtar (the goddess of fertility, love, war, sex etc) by the beautiful daughter of Dawn. In other words, rain looks like pearls during dawn.

Stanza 3: The rain says that when it cries, the hill can be heard laughing and when the rain humbles, the flowers are seemed to be making merry. Similarly, when the rain bows, everything seems joyful and elated in happiness.

Stanza 4: The rain says that the field and the cloud are like lovers and the rain acts like a messenger of mercy between them. It quenches the thirst of the fields and cures the sickness of the clouds.


Stanza 5: On one hand, the voice of the thunder declares the coming of rain while on the other the rainbow announces its departure. The rain is the cycle of earthly life which takes birth at the feet of natural elements and ends under the wings of death.

Stanza 6: The rain emerges from the heart of the sea and reaches the sky soaring with wind. When the rain sees a field which needs rain, it immediately falls on it. It cuddles flowers and trees in countless little ways.

Stanza 7: The rain says while it falls on the windows, it seems to touch the windows with its soft fingers. The arrival of the rain is a welcome song but only sensible souls can understand it.

Stanza 8: The rain says that it is the deep breath of the sea, the laughter of the field and the tears of heaven.

Stanza 9: Therefore, rain sighs from the deep sea of love and affection, it awakes and rises like laughter from the colorful fields and falls down like tears from heaven of memories.


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4. On the basis of your understanding of the poem, answer the following questions by ticking the correct choice.

(a) The rain calls itself the 'dotted silver threads' as_________.
(i) the shimmering drops fall one after the other
(ii) it ties heaven and earth
(iii) it dots the earth with shimmering water
(iv) it decorates the fields

(i) the shimmering drops fall one after the other

(b) The tone and mood of the rain in the poem reflect its_________.
(i) love for the earth
(ii) desire to take revenge
(iii) merriment as it destroys
(iv) desire to look beautiful

(i) love for the earth

(c) "When I cry the hills laugh;
When I humble myself the flowers rejoice;
When I bow, all things are elated."
Cry, humble and bow indicate different intensity with which the rain falls. Explain the three in context.
‘Cry’ means thunder and when it reverberates, the hills echo like laughter. When the rain falls lightly, itis very pleasing to the flowers. When rain gives way to rainbow, it is a delight to behold for everyone.

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(d) How do you think the rain quenches the thirst of the fields and cures clouds ailment?
The fields are needy, dry and parched. The clouds are bursting with moisture and when it fall down as rain, the clouds are relieved.

(e) Think about million little ways in which the rain embraces the trees. Mention a few of them.
Rain falls down in millions of droplets. Many times it takes the form of snow, sleet or hail.

(f) "...All can hear, but only
The sensitive can understand”
What does the poet want to convey?
According to the poet, everyone can hear its sound. But very few can sense or understand its blessed nature.Only a few like the poet are sensitive to the rain and are inspired by its every mood.
The poet, for example, appreciates its beauty and uses expressions like 'the sigh of the sea', 'the laughter of the field' and 'the tears from heaven' to describe the rain. 

(i) Notice the imagery built around 'sigh of the sea', 'laughter of the field' and 'tears of heaven'. Explain the three expressions in context of rain.
The poet has used vivid imagery throughout the poem to express the moods and nature of the Rain.
 When the poet calls the Rain “sigh of the sea”, there is a relief expressed in the lines. The sea is relieved and sighs that now that it has rained there will be fresh water brought to it by the rivers that run down the hills and mountains.
 The poet calls the Rain “a laughter of the field” because when it rains the fields are nourished and it is a sign that there will be fertility. So, it brings greenery and prosperity and raises the productivity. So, the fields are happy and they laugh and make merry.
 The Rain is also called “tears of heaven” as when those silver threads pour down from the sky’s tomb, it feels as if the heaven is crying, and those drops are delivered to the nature on the Earth by the hands of God.

(ii) How would you express rain as − an agent of floods?
− a source of water for dams?
 an agent of floods- When there are heavy rains, especially during rainy season, the rivers overflow and break leaves, there is water logging and the areas below the sea level are submerged causing floods.
 a source of water for dams- Rains cause the gullies in the mountains to fill with the water, these act as tributaries to a river. Thus, the more tributaries a river has, the more water it will carry. Thus, the dam on the river will have a healthy amount of water in its reservoir. So, there will be a healthy output of electricity.

(h) "I am like earthly life … "
Why does the poet call rain as earthly life?
Just like everything on earth is born and dies, so does rain. It is referred to as earthly life because it has beginning and comes to an end too. It begins at the bottom of the mad elements and ends under the lofted wings of death.

(i) Explain the ending of the song.
At the end of the poem, the rain declares affectionately that it is the sigh of the deep sea, the laughter of the colourful fields and the tears of the sky. When the rain falls in the sea, it (the sea) sighs. When the rain falls on the fields and quenches their thirst, the fields rejoice, become colourful and feel happy. When the cloud bursts, it becomes rain. The cloud dies and the drops of rain (tears of the heaven) fall on the earth.

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