After reading Bradbury's "The Last Night of the World," many of you were frustrated with the ending. Our next story was inspired by a poem which we will begin with here. Not only did the poem inspire Bradbury to write a post-apocalyptic story, he also named his story after the poem. Bradbury's short story appears in "The Martian Chronicles."
Please use the worksheet provided from class (this document) as evidence of your time reading the poem and watching the youtube video. Make sure to follow the directions on the page.
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,
Whistling 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, when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.
Although written in 1920, this poem was quite popular after WWII. It inspired Bradbury to continue on his journey of exploring the impact of technology, especially the atomic bomb. Watch the video, listen to the poem. Make sure you come to class tomorrow with a summary of the poem, an opinion of poem and the video production from youtube, as well as a prediction of how this poem inspired to write a short story.