Written in 1916, during his training as a World War I soldier, Edward Thomas's "Rain" contemplates the solitude of life and the inevitability of death. The poem's speaker lies awake and alone at night, listening to a "wild rain" outside. Though he sympathizes with all "the living and the dead" under the rainstorm, the speaker feels lonely and detached from human love. Instead, he feels "the love of death," or a peaceful acceptance of his own mortality. "Rain" appeared in the collection Poems in 1917, shortly after Thomas's death at the Battle of Arras that same year.