The Darkling Thrush Essay

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I leant upon a coppice gate When Frost was spectre-grey, And Winter’s dregs made desolate The weakening eye of day. The tangled bine-stems scored the sky Like strings of broken lyres, And all mankind that haunted nigh Had sought their household fires. · Darkling – Evening; Growing dark · Thrush – A small song-bird with dark brown back and speckled bottom. · Coppice – A thicket; a trimmed bush; a trimmed tree · Spectre-grey – Grey as a ghost · Dregs – Remnants; leftover; sediments · Winter’s dregs – The last drops of frost which reminds the end of winter · Desolate – Lonely · The weakening eye of day – The setting sun · Tangled – Snarled; mixed up; interlaced · Bine-stems – Stems of the bine plant. A bine is a twining plant, like a grape-wine. · Scored the sky – Reached out to the sky · Lyres – A stringed musical instrument like a violin but played by fingers · Haunted – Visited · Nigh – Near · Sought/seek – Search for · Household fires – Warmth and comfort inside one’s own house. Explanation – It was evening and I was standing at a gate. Frost was falling and the sun was setting. Branches of bine were seen lifting their hands skyward like the broken strings of a lyre. People who had been roaming in the countryside went home. I was standing alone. Analysis 1. Where was the poet standing? The poet was standing by a coppice gate of some old house in a dark evening. 2. What time of the year is the poem set in? It is evening of a chilling winter season. 3. What are Winter’s dregs? Winter’s dregs are the fallen snow and heavy fog. 4. Why do you think that ‘weakening eye of the day’ means the setting sun? Sun is the eye of the day. Evening is the time when the sun prepares to disappear. 5. What
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