Poet: Robert Creeley
Poem: The Rain
Comment 5 of 5, added on December 23rd, 2009 at 11:11 AM.
The Rain Is My Favorite Poem
I discovered this poem by Robert Creeley in the early 1970's and was taken by his pleading for a type of happiness which was natural..unforced...basic...and complete...much like the "rain" in life...it can be a kind of cleansing, comforting, calming...which balances out the harshness, unpredictablity, insecurity and temptations of daily life...Creeley seems to be seeking a love which settles and relaxes him...not a lustfilled love...but a love which is more pure, more lasting, more enduring, that can be counted on and relied on. Creeley's identity and search for meaning and expression may have found a temporary and happy clarity in "the rain"...it is his hope and desire for a simple side by side love..which is a natural part of a contented life.
from United States
Comment 4 of 5, added on October 11th, 2009 at 4:49 PM.
i think this poem is speaking of how the narrator doesn't feel anything anymore. what i mean is that maybe life just keeps changing and nothing is constant and they just want something to be consistant in his life much like the rain. all the narrator wants is a commitment as the rain commits to making our skin wet.
from United States
Comment 3 of 5, added on December 31st, 2008 at 11:46 AM.
I agree that Robert Creeley's poems are challenge to understand. I read him like how i listen to impressionist music, i don't try to understand it functionally but just enjoy the atmosphere, the feeling, the impression it gives me. For me when I think of the rain, it can remind me of lonliness, and the incessant noise it makes can become a constant reminder of that. I also notice an underlying desire for impersonal sexual desire.. something to destract him from his uneasiness. It's a great poem, i wish i can understand it better.
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