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How does Thomas Hardy create feelings of sadness in "The Darkling Thrush"?

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Imagery throughout the first three stanzas of the poem creates feelings of sadness. In stanza one, words like "spectre," "grey," "desolate," "weakening," and "broken lyre" create sadness by reminding us of miserable weather and brokenness. These images continue even more strongly in stanza two, in words such as  "corpse," "crypt," and "death-lament," followed by words that...

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