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Why doesn't the speaker feel joyous while the bird could see the good things ahead?

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The speaker's despair echoes Hardy's own world-weariness and loss of hope for humanity's future. Isolated from those who have sought their household fires, the speaker sees a death-haunted landscape and a growing gloom. Hardy himself mourned the passing of agricultural society and saw little cause to celebrate England's rapid industrialization, which helped destroy the customs and traditions of rural life. The speaker's connection to the past has been severed, and he cannot find meaning in the present, and the dawning century, symbolized by the thrush's song, offers little in the way of meaning. The bird is frail, gaunt, and small, and his caroling, though joyful and full hearted, are an evensong and about to end. Any meaning that a new beginning might bring with it is nowhere to be found, not in the landscape and not in the speaker's heart.


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