Rain on the Roof- Theme, Title & Literary Devices

By | December 11, 2019

The poem Rain on the Roof has been well explained through Introduction, Message, Theme, Title, Characters, Summary in English, Summary in Hindi which seems like Rain on the Rooftop, Word meanings, Complete lesson in Hindi, Extracts , Long answers, Short answers, Very short Answers, MCQs and much more. Enjoy the  Rain on the Tin Roof for free.


                                                        By- Coates Kinney


 The theme of the poem is the healing power of rain. The musical sound of raindrops falling on the rooftop at night has the ability to revive sweet memories and rouse fancies in an otherwise busy mind. The rain thus soothes and comforts an overworked mind by taking it back to its lovely past. Some of our best memories in life are associated with rain.

Theme (2)

When certain events happen, long last memories come flooding back to our mind. Here, on a rainy day, the poet is listening to the sound made on the roof by the falling raindrops. This pitter-patter sound of the raindrops brings back lost memories of the poet about his mother and her affection towards him. The sound of rain appears to create bliss to the poet.


The very title, with a repetition of the sounds ‘r’ and ‘n’ and the long vowels ‘ai’ and ‘oo’ imitates the rhythmic pitter-patter of rain on a tin roof. Article ‘the’ before the word ‘roof’ makes it a specific roof – the roof of the poet’s house. Thus, the title is very apt as it is suggestive of the childhood memories the poet has of rain. The rain has magic like an effect on him every time it falls on his room and lying lazily in his room, he listens to the sheer music of the rain. It triggers ‘a thousand dreamy fancies’ in his mind and thousands of memories come alive. In particular, the memory of the poet’s mother putting her children to sleep at night is indelible in his mind. Every time it rains, the poet relives the golden moments of his childhood. Thus, the title of the poem can be termed very appropriate.



Alliteration is the repetition of sounds in a sequence of words. It lends a lyrical or musical element to a poem.


  • Overall the starry spheres

(Here ‘s’ and ‘r’ sounds are repeatedly used)

  • What a bliss to press the pillow

(In this line ‘s’ and ‘p’ sounds are used repeatedly)

  • Into busy being start

(Here the poet uses ‘b’ sound repeatedly)

  • Now in memory conies my mother

 (Here we find alliteration, as ‘m’ sound, is repeated)

  • 0! I feel her fond look on me

(Here ‘f sound is repeatedly used)


 Personification is a literary device in which human traits are attributed to inanimate things or birds, beasts and trees such that they seem to be living beings.


  • And the melancholy darkness

Gently weeps in rainy tears.

Here the poet personifies darkness who is presented to be in a melancholy mood and sheds tears in the form of raindrops.

  • And a thousand recollections

Weave their air-threads into woof

Recollections are personified here as they are shown to be weaving cloth with threads of air.

Transferred Epithet

Transferred Epithet is a poetic device in which an adjective is used not with the noun which it qualifies but with some other noun.


  • melancholy darkness

 Here it is not the darkness that is sad but some human beings who are sad in the darkness.

  • dreamy fancies

Here fancies are not lost in dreams, but it is the human beings who dream.


 Onomatopoeia (sometimes called echoism) is a figure of speech in which words imitate the sound or sounds they describe. In other words, the sound an onomatopoeic word produces is the meaning it intends to convey. ‘Bang’, ‘pop’, ‘hiss’ etc are some onomatopoeic words.


  • patter

imitates the sound the raindrops make as they land on the surface of the roof tiles.

  • tinkle

 imitates the gentle and clear musical sound that a droplet makes.

Want to Read More Check Below:-

Rain on the Roof- Introduction

Rain on the Roof- Rhyme Scheme, Poetic Device & Value Points

Rain on the Roof- Useful Expression & Paraphrasing

Rain on the Roof- Vocabulary & Word Meaning

Rain on the Roof- Short & Detailed Summary

Rain on the Roof-Message & Summary in Hindi

Rain on the Roof- Extract Based comprehension test Questions

Rain on the Roof- Passages

Rain on the Roof- Important Extra Questions- Very Short Answer Type

Rain on the Roof- Important Extra Questions- Short Answer Type

Rain on the Roof- Important Extra Questions- Long Answer Type

Rain on the Roof-Quick Review of the Poem

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