The day is cold, and dark, and dreary
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Rainy Day


  1. Crystal says:

    What a lovely poem. Very truthful. The sun will always be shining behind the clouds.

  2. Nikki Suh says:

    What a great poem! I liked how the words at the end rhymed. Thanks for the blog and the poem!

  3. karen says:

    I like it when I first read it.

  4. Ronnie Tambunan says:

    this poem is an epic masterpiece! we should be optimistic about our entire life! there’s still a bright path outside there! use your inextinguishable flashlight well on the right streets! Cheers!

  5. Joseph says:

    learned this poem in English class in 1933. I have repeated it thousands of times with great pleasure. I love the last stanza.

  6. Paul says:

    A group made a song from this poem. It’s called Rainy Days from Late Night Alumni. The singer’s tone is haunting but its also optimistic. Check it out!

  7. 5th Graders at Highlands says:

    This was a very deep poem. We thought it was somewhat similar to “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening”. It was touching and felt like a sad poem.

  8. Maricela says:

    One of the most beautiful poems i have ever read…..

  9. Bob says:

    This poem is really deeep, and I love the theme of hope. My friend liked it so much that she choreographed it. Yay choreography!!!

  10. Uniuqe Jones says:

    I like this poem… is very intresting to me……

  11. Amber says:

    I liked the poem. It was easy to understand.

  12. Julian says:

    I really enjoyed this poem.Not cuz it’s short but it really is true what he’s saying

  13. Dear Anonymous says:

    This is now officially my favourite poem. It’s very alluring.

  14. Heather says:

    wow! my new fav poem- the turn WAS kind-of expected… but the way he said it? i applaud longfellow. as for the shortness? didn’t do much for me. i would’ve liked it longer… maybe that’s why you could expect the turn…?

  15. Richard says:

    Very goof poem helped me with my school project

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  17. jenny says:

    i like it! ! ! ! very short! ! ! !

  18. kimberly says:

    The poem was really good!

  19. christina says:

    nice poem!

  20. Kristen says:

    I have no comment but i like the shortness of it for the fact that its for school and i have to report on it haha ~*~Kristen~*~ P.S. it was a good poem 😛

  21. shaniqua says:

    it is short and no big words, sweet

  22. Rick Copeland says:

    What memories!! 50 years ago in 7th grade we read and had to recite from memory this poem. At our 45 HS reunion we were trying to see who could remember the most poems from our 7th grade class. All I could remember was “the days are dark and dreary.” Thank you

  23. theAmAn says:

    Just don’t dwell in the past…move on. Take it one day at a time. There are bound to be rainy days…just remember… every cloud has a silver lining….cheer up!

  24. Bob Callahan says:

    As in life we are all going to experience days that are to us the darkest times of our lives, but the message is,if we have faith, things do improve with time.

  25. Chiam Xin En says:

    i was amazed by this poem when i read it. I just simply loved the tones, the expression from this poem.
    There are also images that i can imagin. One word for it, lovely!

  26. Tony Romano says:

    I loved this poem! I liked how it expressed the real mood of rainy days. I enjoyed the rhyming and use of rhyme and figurative language. I think that everyone should read this poem

  27. Jade says:

    This is an excellent poem! I just love it. The very first time I read this poem it really grasped my emotions and I could empathise with the poet. It would appeal to even those who do not consider themselves to be poetically inclined based on the metaphoric comparison of a rainy day and feelings of melancholy. Even more interesting is the simplicity of the words used, yet they so strongly express the poet’s feelings. Again I say, excellent!

  28. Aloha says:

    I really liked this poem, even though it was sad and all its good! 😀

  29. Larry Mesplé says:

    From my childhood, I recall the poem beginning “The day is dark, and dank, and dreary.” Is there another Rainy Day poem?

  30. Greenhorn says:

    Love the romantic melancholy ..
    Esp the part “Into each life some rain must fall”..such a philosophical piece.

  31. raisa attard says:

    This poem is compared to the poet’s life. comparing “The day is cold dark and dreary” is compared to his sad life i liked this poem because it has a comparisim between nature and life it is a euphimisim poem thwe nature takes part in real life situation.

  32. cassandra says:

    i think that this poem represents people’s lives because everyone is bound to have a bad day once in awhile and sure it may seem cold and dark in your life but if you have a little faith you’ll see that the sun is shinning on the other side. all you have to do is look for it and reach out for it.

  33. amonrat says:

    i think this pome want to show about life that has variety things that happen in your life such as good lucky sad happyand the other but after rain and strom the sun will shine will be happy and have power to livig again…..

  34. MetalMilitia says:

    To some extent it reminds of Shakespear’s sonets.The vocabulary of this poem is poem is quite simple, but at the same time it is efficient.The atmosphere of poem is half depressing/half up bringing, quite an interesting case.

  35. Brianna Cable says:

    i love this poem because when i read it i got touched it is sad but very heartfelt at the same time i love this poem and all of his other work anyways he is my decendant and i love his work love to everyone who loves his work like me love ya all bye brianna from florida

  36. amanda says:

    the line “behind the clouds is the sun still shining” is such a great reminder that we can’t always see the good in the day. being a student pilot, this line especially gives the image of breaking above the clouds and that great moment when the sunshine hits you.

  37. Tyler Washburn says:

    This poem has a good use of imagery, and it is very descriptive in its descriptions about a rainy day. The use of repitition also adds to the flow of it.

  38. Bobby says:

    This is a very inspireing poem. Its use of repetition, rhyme, and rythme make it enjoyable to read. The word choice greatly alters the tone making sound like a sad poem even thogh it has an uplifting message

  39. Robert says:

    It was a good poem and he used repetition well. It said that everyone has had bad times and everyone can get through them and the sun will shine again.

  40. Keeley says:

    I’ve always liked Longfellow’s work, but this one really encapsulates it. He has a sad way of relating events in life to something in nature, enforcing his Romanticism. I love the hope that is shown at the end, that sad things must happen to all people.

  41. vlchin says:

    This poem reaches me easily ….particularly now half a century down life timeline….I like the smooth way it pleasantly takes me as I reflect my choices ahead.


  42. Tammy Meihls says:

    This poem at first glance may seem to be very sad. But I have always found it to bring me hope and cheer. Be still sad heart…

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