The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

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Explain Hardy as a nature poet in regards to "The Darkling Thrush."

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As a Naturalist, Thomas Hardy employs nature to convey both mood for his works and to convey the Naturalistic indifference of the universe.  For instance, his poem entitled "Neutral Tones" he and his love stand by a pond on a winter day, a pond "edged with grayish leaves," that reflects the tone of this poem.  This dismal tone underscores the remembrances of the speaker about his former love as their relationship ended:  "The smile on your mouth was the deadest thing."  With the sun described as "as thou chidden of God" and the "starving sod," nature conveys the dismal mood of the speaker.

In his poem " The Darkling...

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