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In Time of Silver Rain

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This is a poem full of hope and optimism. It celebrates the way that the light refreshing 'silver' rain helps to bring new life into the world every spring.

Have another look at the flower lifting its head in the first verse and the trees singing in the second verse. Can you see how the flower and the trees are given joyful living movements? What else in the poem is singing?

This poem is lovely to speak aloud with its gentle rhythm and the music in the sound of words. Try to catch lightness and joy in the way you speak it.

The words “Of life…” are repeated three times in line eight. Experiment with saying them slightly differently each time to build a mood that suits the poem.

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In time of silver rain
The earth
Puts forth new life again,
Green grasses grow
And flowers lift their heads,
And over all the plain
The wonder spreads
Of life, of life, of life!

In time of silver rain
The butterflies lift silken wings
To catch a rainbow cry,
And trees put forth
New leaves to sing
In joy beneath the sky
As down the roadway passing boys
And girls go singing, too,
In time of silver rain
When spring
And life are new.

In Time of Silver Rain

by Langston Hughes