I Just Wish it Would Rain

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"For now, though, one does well to remember, as one starts reading a poem or story, to check the weather." (Foster 81)

Weather, whether it be snow, rain, or a warm soft breeze can be used to set the tone of a story or poem.  But setting the tone is just the beginning.  As Foster says it can also be used as a symbol for something else such as a cleansing rain which may change the character somehow.  I had been previously aware of the parallels between weather and the tone of a story but was not in regard to its possible use as a symbol, something that I found very interesting. 

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL266/2009/09/foster_how_to_read_literature_2/

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