The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

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In what way is the poem "The Darkling Thrush" an attempt by the speaker or poet to search for meaning in the world?

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The speaker in the poem is melancholic and "fervourless." He "leans upon a coppice gate" as the sun sets ("The weakening eye of day") and ponders the century that's almost over, as well as the century that's about to begin. The poem was first published in 1900. He is also surrounded by the "dregs" of Winter and images of death (described with the words "haunted," "corpse," and "death-lament")...

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