An Evening Wet With Rain
The poem” The Evening Wet With Rain” is a magnetic poem in which the poet talks about an evening wet with rain. It is an atmosphere of complete silence and calmness. The poet sketches numerous images from nature to broaden the effect of silence and loneliness. The poet seems to be depressed, perhaps because of despair that has darkened the evening of his life. The poet remembers his childhood when he stood alone in the courtyard listening to the music of cymbal. He regrets that the days gone by do not return.
An Evening Wet With Rain | Summary
The poem, “An Evening Wet With Rain” has been written by “Ved Pal Deep”, and famous Dogri author and translated from Dogri by “Shiv Nath”.
In this poem, the poet recollects an evening wet with rain. It is an environment of complete quietness. The poet is strolling down the path and everything is wet. The writer is extremely bleak and alone. He needs the company of his beloved. He feels depleted and discouraged for he has lost all expectations at night of his life (evening symbolizes his old age). Because of his sorrow and reserved quality he can’t appreciate the magnificence of nature. The reviving new rain, cool winds of twist, move of Banyan leaves don’t appeal him any longer now, which generally, used to charm and excite him. The poet just watches quiet all over the place. He is feeling heavy in his eyes. It could be because of sleep or fever.
He feels very nostalgic about his youth when he used to remain in the courtyard listening to the musical sound of cymbals. In any case, in the meantime, he feels tragic on the grounds that this song presently has no appeal to engage him. He feels dismal for it is outside his ability to control to get back to great bygone eras.
The writer has come to an incredible night i.e. his maturity and is brimming with depression with no craving forever. The writer would like to rest in the lap of the night (which symbolizes demise). He is ignorant of his fate and abandons himself to his destiny.
Questions and Answers
1. What are the memories that the poet talks about in the poem?
Ans.The poet talks about his childhood memories. He remembers the time when he used to stand alone in the courtyard and would listen to the melodious sound of cymbals, brought to his ears by floating cool breezes.
The poet talks about the memories of his childhood when he would stand alone in his courtyard watching the breeze bringing the sound of cymbals. He wants to call back those happy moments.
2. What kind of atmosphere is created in the poem?
Ans. The poem reproduces the atmosphere of an evening which is wet with rain. The dark wet evening creates a gloomy and serious atmosphere. The evening symbolizes the decline of the poet”s life. He has become old and is in despair. The poet is comparing his life to a flickering earthen lamp, which can go out any time. Thus, the atmosphere throughout the poem is very depressing.
The poem presents the atmosphere of a rainy evening. There is darkness all around, and there is perfect silence. The poet feels that his life’s evening is equally dark with troubles and misfortunes. Ans. It is water seeping through his shoes that makes his eyes heavy, body feverish, and mind exhausted. He desperately needs some spot to rest.
3. What makes the poet tired?
Ans. Hopelessness makes the poet tired. It is only hoped that keeps one going in one’s life. If there is no hope, there is no desire to live. A depressive person obviously feels exhausted and tiresome.
The poet is in his old age and there is no hope left for him. That is why he feels tired.
Loss of hope, troubles, and misfortunes have darkened the evening of the poet’s life. Ans. The poet regrets not to see his childhood days returning. He wants to call back times past and gone.
4. What has darkened the evening of the poet’s life?
Ans. Hope is the guiding principle of life. Life is based on hope; it guides us the way we should follow. If there is no hope, life becomes dull and full of darkness.
Poet’s life is also without hope and that is what has darkened the evening of the poet’s life.
5. Discuss the poets regret in the poem.
Ans. The poet feels nostalgic and reminds his good old times. He remembers the days when his life was full of joy and happiness. In contrast, the present life of a poet is full of despair.
The poet also feels bad for he can’t call back the times that are past and gone.
6. Comment on the imagery used by the poet in the poem.
Ans. Imagery refers to the use of words, especially in poetry, to describe ideas or situations. Imagery is of different kinds such as auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, gustatory and kinesthetic. The poet uses visual imagery in the poem. He creates a clear picture of an evening wet with rain. Wet windows, door and awnings, the wet collar of the coat, water seeping through the poet’s shoes, fluttering of Banyan leaves with cold breezes etc. are all the imageries used by the poet in the poem which leaves a lasting expression on our minds. All these are examples of the use of rich images in the poem.
The water seeping through shoes, slippery ground, and lap of the night are some important images used in the poem.
Analysis of An Evening Wet with Rain
The poet shares his experiences of a rainy evening. He walks through a lane and finds himself all alone in the twilight. Initially, the rain and the breeze makes him feel good. His heart suggests him to hold the raindrops with love, and his mind perceives the noticeable signals that the breeze produces. The poet is clueless about whether to Wet himself in the rain or waft with the wind. The poet watches the windows, doors, curtains etc of the nearby houses getting wet. He watches cool breezes stirring the leaves of the banyan tree. The water seeping through his shoes has made his feet cold. The ground is slippery and his mind desperately needs somewhere to rest. The poet reflects upon the damn evening and thinks that his life is as grim as the evening.
Hopelessness has darkened the evening of his life. The utter disappointment has held him by his arms. The poet recalls his childhood when he would enjoy keeping alone in his courtyard. The breeze would bring him the music of cymbals. He regrets those joyful days which were not liable to be called back. The poet feels that the evening is drowning in the lap of the night, and the shadow has gathered into its dark tank. He does, however, trace out some electric lights in the houses. He also sees moonlight holding the hem of the moon.