Example research essay topic: Theme Analysis Of “the Darkling Thrush” By Thomas Hardy – 554 words

Thomas Hardy presents a theme of hope in his poem
The Darkling Thrush. In the poem winter season has
brought about death and despair. A tired old man
leans over a coppice gate in a desolate area, to
see the ghosts of the past and little hope for the
future. Hardy uses imagery to evoke ideas and
images in the readers mind. The land’s sharp
features seemed to me. The Century’s corpse
outleant, His crypt the cloudy canopy, The wind
its death-lament.

In describing the landscape he
refers to the landscape as an intimate object as
if it were human. He compares the landscape to a
dead body laying all around him and the clouds
becoming the coffins top, and the wind his death
lament. The man also describes the landscape to
have as much life and spirit as he does. Hardy
choose his words carefully using negative words
such as gray, desolate, broken and haunted. This
negatively leads us to believe that this is how
Harper fellings are; alone and frightened out in
the cold. While still using a negative tone Harper
tries to turn the poem to a somewhat positive
tone.

He continues to use wording such as frail,
aged, gaunt and small but adds in wording like
full-hearted and joy illimited. The change of
wording suggests a shift in the tone of the poem.
A songbird has entered, spreading warmth and hope
into the earlier desolate and dead landscape. The
theme of hope is introduced with the appearance of
a songbird in stanza three. The bird is meant to
resemble hope and that things are not quite over
yet even though it may seem so. In the winter
months death is brought forth yet in the coming of
spring restores that life once again. The poem
suggests that if one doesnt give into the negative
a positive can and may come forth; whether one is
aware of this or not.

In the poems last stanza the
man reveals his thoughts as if his thoughts as if
he has see a glimpse of hope as the life songbird
colors the air with its song. So little cause for
carolings Of such ecstatic sound Was written on
terrestrial things Afar or nigh around, That I
could think there trembled through His happy
good-night air Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew,
And I was unaware. The stanza suggests that there
may be hope after all. Is it the spring coming
once more? Or is it just the ghost messing with
him? Hardys poem as well as its overall theme is a
reflection of the time period he lived in. The
poem takes place on New Years Eve, the last day of
the 19th century. The queen is barely breathing
her last few breaths and the Victorian Era is
coming to an end.

Waiting just around the corner
is a new era, a new king, and a new Period
completely different from the Victorian Era. The
theme of hope is presented in a fashion that even
though something may seem dark and shadowy that
one needs to have a little faith in such matters.
Things in the world and life are going to be
unclear because nothing is ever sure. Hardy wants
readers to have reliance in the world and the
transformation of the times..

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