The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

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In Thomas Hardy's "The Darkling Thrush," published at the close of the nineteenth century, the speaker leans on the gate to a cultivated wood and considers the dreary, hopeless feeling of midwinter. He begins to hear a bird sing joyfully and concludes that there must be something more, some otherworldly hope that is hidden beyond the bleakness he finds in the visible world.


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In the poem 'The Darkling Thrush' by Thomas Hardy , the poet starts his piece by putting us in the setting where he had his ideas. He is leaning on the gate to a small, managed wood in England's traditional countryside ('coppice') It is that depressing time of year when all is gloomy, perhaps after Christmas when there seems nothing to look forward to except long grey dark nights and the coldness of frost. The depression is added to by words like 'dregs' and...

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The poet Thomas Hardy as a pesimmist mourns for the death of the century because he wrote this poem on Dec. 31 1900.

In the first stanza he explains about the winter season which is usually dull and unhappy. The sun is going to set and the light is dim.People who went for their job in morning retured home.

In the second stanza he considers the dying century to the tomb covered by clouds. He considers the process of life and death in this world.

During his lamentation he hears a sweet sound of a bird which was a old thrush singing very happily with unlimited joy in its song.

The poet cant find a reason why the bird is so much happy and concludes that only the divine may know the reason.  

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