12 December 2018
When I read the poems, ‘The Darkling Thrush’ and ‘Hope’, the image of the bird in both reminds me of the hopefulness, freedom and happiness that the flight and song of a bird signify. In the first poem, the bird appears at a time when the poet sees no hope or fecundity around him, and though the bird is frail, it still makes the poetic voice wonder about the presence of hope at every moment in life. In the second poem, hope is seen as a bird whose song never ends, which inspires and protects people in the direst situations and never asks for anything in return. The birds in both poems inspire me to never lose faith, and to not give up when the going gets tough. They teach me to have faith in myself and be hopeful and optimistic about a better future. The flight of the two birds show me the transience of experience, that good and bad experiences come and go, but one must power through all of them.
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