Science -- Weather: Fill the cup with water. Put shaving cream on top for a cloud. Explain that when clouds get really heavy with water, it rains! Then put blue food coloring on top of the cloud, and watch it rain. Air and Weather unit
The red sunlight symbolizes the mass amounts of blood spilled during the war. It is not clear what war Poe is referring too, however at the time of the writing of this poem both the war of 1812 and the wars of Spanish American independence were under way.