Rain On The Roof| Poem| Explanation

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“Rain on the Roof” is poem composed by Coates Kinney.


When the humid shadows hover

Over all the starry spheres

And the melancholy darkness

Gently weeps in rainy tears,

What a bliss to press the pillow

Of a cottage- chamber bed

And lie listening to the patter

Of the soft rain overhead!


Explanation –

The poet is telling about those black clouds which are full of moisture cover all stars of the sky.  The darkness or sadness of the night breaks by the clouds in the form of rain. The poet is referring rain as tears of clouds. The poet is relaxing in his bedroom. He is feeling very happy while keeping his head over the pillow. He is also enjoying sound of rain on the top of his room.



Every tinkle on the shingles

Has an echo in the heart:

And a thousand dreamy fancies

Into busy being start,

And a thousand recollections

Weave their air – threads into woof,

As I listen to the patter

Of the rain upon the roof.


Explanation –

When rain pattered on the roof which is made of wooden tiles, a soft ringing sound repeated. This soft sound repeats in the poet’s heart and bring many imaginations in his dream. The poet is saying that after listening sound of rain many memories come to me. These memories came continuously as they are weaved as a fabric on loom. It all happens again and again when the poet listen sound of the rain on his roof.



Now in memory comes my mother,

As she used in years agone,

To regard the darling dreamers

Ere she left them till the dawn:

O! I feel her fond look on me

As I list to this refrain

Which is played upon the shingles

By the patter of the rain.

Explanation –

The poet is remembering his mother as she used to come in his memory earlier. She loved him and his siblings so much that she allowed them to sleep till morning. The poet is feeling like that she is looking on him with same affection when he is listening beautiful musical sound of rain on his roof.


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