Water is typically seen as a sign of life. In the Bible, for example, we see constant references to water as a form of cleansing or renewal. Life on Earth could not survive without it. Throughout the poem, a society’s need for cleansing becomes evident, and we question whether rain finally comes at the end. He uses dialogue as a means of transmitting his voice into the voices of the characters. What’s important is the fact that the characters he presents are waiting for it. If they were not aware of the presence of water, we might think that there is no hope for them. Instead, they thrive for it. They seek for the water that is not available. “But red sullen faces sneer and snarl/From doors of mudcracked houses/If there were water/And no rock/If there were rock/And also water/And water/A spring/A pool among the rock.” This passage creates the image of a sullen people. They stand on their doorsteps waiting for a storm. They are desperate for anything that might bring them out of this drought. They are deprived of a deeper meaning to life, of a society not grown out of industry. Instead,... [continues]
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