The title of the poem ‘The Darkling Thrush’ has been appropriately chosen by the poet. The word “darkling” means growing darkness, while “thrush” is a bird that is grey or brown in color, with a spotted body.The title can be a reference to the thrush arising out of the dark, and spreading hope around, through its song.The poem starts with the “weakening” of the Sun, which is about to set. The darkness all aroundis increasing both literally and metaphorically. It also refers to the darkness of ignorance, and the scientific progressions that have engulfed the era. The period in which the poet lived was characterized by growing industrialization, distrust in religion, and ignorance. The poet is apprehensive of the approaching time. He wants to relive the days when people were happy, and lived together.He seems to be living in a wasteland, where there’s no one he can share his sorrows with. All other people have gone to the comfort of their homes, as the night befalls. People have become mechanized characterized by lack of human emotions. The image of the tangled bine-stems being compared to the strings of broken lyres conveys the utter silence of the atmosphere.The speaker compares the features of the landscape to that of a corpse. He also describes the seeds which were fresh and full of vitality during the spring season, but are now shrunken and dry. The whole idea of the land and people being unproductive brings out a very gloomy picture. But out of this feeling of depression, there comes a little bird. It is probably the poet’s innermost desire for freedom from the shackles of ignorance and darkness, which is exhibited in the form of the thrush.The thrush sings a joyful melody, and the happiness starts spreading around. The poet capitalizes the ‘H’ in ‘Hope’, thereby referring to the three Christian virtues of hope, faith, and charity. Hence, we can say that the thrush arising out of darkness, to spread its joy around, is justified in the title ‘The Darkling Thrush’.
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