Rain on the Roof Class 9 English, Beehive Summary
22 Aug 2023
The poem expresses the poet’s feelings as he hears raindrops clattering against his cottage’s tiled roof. The poet is brought back to a memory of his mother by the sound made by the rain. His mind continues to be calmed by this memory. The poet emphasises the therapeutic power of nature through rain. He claimed that the music created by the rain’s simple act of falling can revive some of our most treasured memories. Therefore, these memories give us solace and help us to relax.
The poet describes a rainy night in these lines. According to the poet, the dark, rainy clouds in the sky block out the stars, making them invisible. He feels depressed and reflective in this dark, sad place. The rain appears to be coming down from human eyes, and the sky has a depressing appearance. The poet’s depressed attitude is reflected in this weather. The poet is in such a state that the only thing that can make him happy is to lie down on his bed in his cottage and listen to the gentle sound of the rain falling on the roof. The poet is able to leave his depressing thoughts behind thanks to the sound of raindrops on the roof.
The poet now describes the sound of raindrops tinkling as they land on his cottage’s tiled roof in these lines. The poet claims that every sound the rain makes is echoed by the beat of his heart (heart beat). In other words, the poet is profoundly impacted by the sound of the rain. He has many images (daydreamy fancies) in his head as he listens to the sound. In front of the poet’s eyes, what he has been visualising at this precise moment is starting to take physical form. The sound of rain on the roof makes the poet melancholy, and all of his memories take on a physical form. He begins to recall numerous childhood memories. These memories seem to be woven into one another to create a lovely picture.
In these lines, the poet claims that, out of all the memories he can recall, he can only think of one that he particularly likes about his mother. He recalls how his mother used to gaze lovingly at him and his siblings as they dozed off and dreamed many years ago. Every night, she would glance at her sleeping kids because she knew she wouldn’t see them again until the morning. While lying in bed and listening to the gentle musical sound of rain falling on the roof, the poet can still feel the look of his mother. Through remembering his past, the poet creates a sort of emotional connection with his mother in this stanza.