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The Voice of the Rain Summary & Analysis
by Walt Whitman

"The Voice of the Rain" is a short free-verse poem by the American poet Walt Whitman. Originally published in a periodical called Outing in 1885, it was later reprinted in Leaves of Grass, Whitman's most celebrated collection of verse. In "The Voice of the Rain," the speaker listens to the personified figure of the rain liken itself to poetry. Describing each stage of the water cycle, the poem pays homage to the restorative power of the natural world and claims that poetry nourishes humanity just as rain nourishes the earth.

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