Other than Keats's "To Autumn," what other poems employ nature to suggest the cycle of life and death?
In "The Darkling Thrush," Thomas Hardy uses nature to symbolize the death of the nineteenth century.
The poem is set in winter, "When Frost (is) spectre-gray," and also at the end of the day, when the sun is setting. The setting sun is, like the season of winter, often used in literature to symbolize death. In the opening stanza, Hardy also describes "tangled bine-stems" which "score the sky."...
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