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Into each life some rain must fall

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Rain fell for several back-to-back days in Carpenter Country this week, so naturally we got to thinking about the poem, The Rainy Day, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Since we couldn’t remember the entire poem, we had to do a bit of research. Google to the rescue! Here’s the public-domain poem, in case you’ve forgotten too.

The Rainy Day
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(public domain)

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

According to our research, Longfellow wrote the poem on a rainy day, so the rain he refers to is both metaphorical and real. In the final stanza, he notes that the sun is still shining behind the clouds.

In this week’s book bubble, we talk about how that imagery relates to our young adult novel, Walled In. Click on over to Bublish to read our Author Insight.

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Other authors enjoy research too. In this week’s featured story-behind-the-story over on Top Drawer Ink, author Sheila M. Cronin talks about how finding an error in her first book led her to seek out an expert when she began writing the sequel. Click here to find out why she’s grateful for a Little League expert’s love of books and baseball.

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What did you learn this week?



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HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at