April rain song
by Langston Hughes
April Rain Song
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain
Line 2: Langston changes tone of the poem by saying,"let the beat upon your head". The tone is changed because the word beat is a negative word and makes it sound hurtful instead of peaceful as he did in line one. Langston goes on to say,"with silver rain drops" to leave line two with a positive not by saying the rain drops silver which is a positive word.
Line 3: Line 3 is the only line written in first person. The tone is switched back to a more peaceful tone in line three, because Langston says,"let the rain sing you a lullaby". When someone sings you a it is soft and peaceful.
Line 4: the tone is switch to neutral in line 4 and Langston changes the beginning from "let the rain" to "the rain makes" to make a statement and not a command. Then Langston continues to note that the rain is gathering and making still pools. Langston uses still to make the reader want to reflect.
Line 5: Langston continues his idea onto line 5 by saying, "the rain makes running pools in the gutter". Langston changes the words from line 4 which was "still" to "running" to give a more active tone.
Line 6: Langston pulls together all of the ideas throughout the poem to say, "the rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night".
Line 7: Langston simply loves the rain and everything it does and how it sounds.
Repetition- "rain", Langston repeats the word rain to show how much he loves rain.
Personification- Langston uses personification on lines 1,2,3, and 6 to give the rain human qualities.
Poets.org. Academy of American Poets. Web. 11 Mar. 2015.