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Summary of Thomas Hardy's- The Darkling Thrush

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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The poem, “The Darkling Thrush”, by Thomas Hardy was written on December, 31st, 1899, in a spirit of anticipation of a brighter hope for a brand new century altogether. The poet was leaning against a coppice gate of a thicket grove of small trees and watching the grey frost dropped in the form of the spectre which gave the poet the idea of something very unpleasant about to happen in the near future. The deep freezing winter had settled every dreg of liquids all around the surroundings and the scene of desolation has made everything about empty, lonely and unhappy. The severe cold season had indeed weakened the heat of the sun and the sky looked cloudy and gloomy. The twisted stems that dropped down hanging from the tall trees and massive plants stood in awe of the cold dropping sky and looked like the broken strings of an ancient lyre. All people from their busy scheduled rushed home to seek the warmth of their household fire.
All the landscape of the nature around looked like a fresh corpse of the century standing up straight and leaning forward. The Nature’s tomb was the dark canopy of the cloudy sky which acted like a cloth cover suspended overhead. The cold wind blew as an expression of great disappointment about a death like scenery of the place. All life on earth right from the tiniest micro organism to the largest creature known to man seemed to have become smaller, drier and brittle and just like the poet himself, perhaps every lively spirit that walked the face of the earth now became skeptical of any religious belief.
Then suddenly, out of the dying twigs from the trees above the poet’s head, broke a sharp and wholehearted evening song of a lonely thrush. Though it was old-aged, frail, thin weak and small, yet it sung beyond the limits of utmost joy. To move through the plume of tall thin amount of dust and smoke rising high into the atmosphere, by the ruffling of the wind, this bird had made a good choice to sing out its soul to brighten up the growing gloom.
There was little or no reason for the thrush to sing with such enthusiastic songs to be sounded on all terrestrial creations pertaining to the earth, how near or how far that the poet could think that here could be any secret source of happiness running through the cold winter’s night. Maybe, somewhere laid some blessed hope that only the thrush could know and that the poet was unaware.
Published: February 08, 2010   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    could the season of winter emphasized in this poem be an imagery or reflection of Hardy's current state? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    critical nots in thomas hardy View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    What might "terrestrial things afar or nigh around" be a metaphor for? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what does the poet refer to in this poem? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    The death of the 19th Century Thursday, December 13, 2012
  1. Answer   Question  :    comment on the dating of hardy the darkling thrush by the poet ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    It was written at the turn of the century and Hardy sees no hope in the coming century for men or any living thing Saturday, February 09, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    in which sense is the poem an anti-war poem? View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    what does the centurys corpse suggest? ( 1 Answer ) View All
  1. Answer  :    hopelessness of new century, no life and new beginnings in the new century, possibly end of hope for mankind and it also shows Hardy's ultimate pessimistic outlook on the new century. Saturday, February 09, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    Hardy begins the poem with pessimism but end it with optimism,comment ( 2 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    can suggest that Hardy is influenced by the thrush and actually begins to see hope in the coming century. However, it can also show sarcasm and a sour tone coming from Hardy to the rest of the world as if laughing at them for their belief that there would no hope in the future. Saturday, February 09, 2013
  1. Answer  :    nothing is explained properly Monday, November 08, 2010
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