How Does Hardy Strikingly Convey His Feelings to You in the Darkling Thrush Essay
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How does Hardy strikingly convey his feelings to you in The Darkling Thrush?
The Darkling Thrush is a poem written by Thomas Hardy, describing his feelings at the turn of the century. I really sympathise with his description of his emotions at the end of a year, and he does this effectively through his description of the scenery, his description of the thrush, and how he describes himself during the poem.
Hardy uses the landscape to describe his emotions in this poem, a technique called pathetic fallacy. I think that this is very effective, because he strongly conveys feelings of death, depression and He uses a lot of deathly imagery to describe the scenery, which makes me think of a very sombre, sad and gloomy scene. The sun is described as the ‘weakening eye of day’. This reminds me of the weakening eyes of someone dying. In the Victorian age, when this poem was written, they believed that the world would end by the sun going out, and maybe Hardy felt so much regret that he wanted the world to end. ‘Frost was spectre-gray’ describes a ghostly grey- a spectre is an apparition. However, frost is usually something that is white, perhaps showing Hardy’s grim outlook on the wood that sits before him. Ghosts were something feared in the 1900s, so it might suggest that hardy is scared for the turn of the century. Hardy writes, ‘the ancient pulse of germ and birth seemed shrunken as I’. This image of the life force of a seed with potential to grow being sucked out and ‘shrunken’, evokes images of this seed receding and wrinkling up with cold and depression and makes the entire scene seem sterile, cold and lifeless. Even ‘day’, which is something that could symbolise hope, is described as ‘desolate’.
When the thrush is described, the tone of the poem seems to lighten from one of bleakness, to one of hope and joy. He describes the thrush as ‘aged, frail, gaunt and