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Throughout the poem, Hughes personifies the rain. “Let the rain kiss you,” he decrees, giving the rain a sweet, charming, and gentle personality emphasized by his subsequent word choices like “silver” “lullaby” “still” “little.” Rain is not forceful or uncomfortable, rather, it showers "you" in “silver liquid drops” and sings a song. The poet then describes the rain's effects on the man-made city, pooling in sidewalks and in gutters, and tapping a “little sleep song” on the roof at night. In this poem, rain offers a sense of comfort and security. Many readers can relate to the pleasant sensation of falling asleep, safe and warm, while listening to the rain pattering outside.