Darkling Essays

  • Pessimism in Thomas Hardy’s The Darkling Thrush

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    Pessimism in Thomas Hardy’s The Darkling Thrush Thomas Hardy’s writings are often imbued with pessimism, and his poem “The Darkling Thrush” is not an exception. Through the bleakness of the landscape, the narrator’s musings on the century’s finale, and the narrator’s reaction to the songbird, “The Darkling Thrush” reveals Hardy’s preoccupation with time, change, and remorse. Written in four octaves, “A Darkling Thrush” opens with a view of a desolate winter landscape. With “spectre-grey”

  • Figurative Language In Thomas Hardy's The Darkling Thrrush

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    The poem, “The Darkling Thrush” was written during the turn of the nineteenth century. The poem overall is about the lack of hope that the speaker has. It is set in winter; the season where many people become depressed because of the lack of color and life during the season. Eventually the speaker finds hope in the song of a Thrush, however, it is not until he is more than half way through the poem that this happens. The poet’s use of figurative language aids him in conveying just how miserable

  • “The Darkling Thrush”

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    “The Darkling Thrush” is a sorrowful poem, which uses a variety of writing techniques to present forth the theme of never giving up hope, while still keeping with the bleak atmosphere of the poem. Poet and novelist Thomas Hardy wrote this poem on December 31, 1899, the last day of the 19th century. The speaker in the poem creates a gloomy and negative tone; yet, in the end it becomes slightly more upbeat, when the belief of hope is spread from the thrush. It is dusk and the speaker is alone outside

  • Dracula

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    Bram Stoker’s Dracula Lords of the darkness, Darkling Dancers, Nosferatu, Vrikolakas. And the list goes on like this. The vampire concept is thought by the most to be a myth that has crept into almost every culture. It has influenced many writers to write novels on them and many directors to shoot films on. Vampire myths go back way into the times of first recorded history. Many different legends are known about them varying from the Chinese belief of the glowing red eyed monsters with green or

  • Comparing The Dead and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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    Arnold.  It reads: ...The world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night. ( 1148 ) The sense of anxious hope captured in these lines is much like the struggle experienced by one seeking to offer a fresh perspective on

  • The Darkling Thrush Essay

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    New Year’s Eve marks the end of the Gregorian calendar. It is a time for Americans to rejoice, reminisce, and look forward to a new year. “The Darkling Thrush” was written on the last day of the 19th century, December 31, 1900, and it was not a time of joy. This was the last day of the industrial revolution, a period in history when both Americans and Europeans transitioned from agricultural techniques to industrial mechanisms. For some this was a booming era, but for most it was a time of poor work

  • The Great Depression of the Late 1800’s (An analysis of Emily Bronte’s and Thomas Hardy’s Poems

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    the centuries, the expression of these feelings has made their ways into literature, novels, plays, poems, and recently movies. The qualities of love, hope, and remembrance can be seen in Emily Bronte’s and Thomas Hardy’s poems of “Remembrance” “Darkling Thrush” and “Ah, Are you Digging on my Grave?” The first text entitled, “Remembrance” by Emily Bronte mainly deals with the loss of love. When reading the poem she states that it has been, “fifteen wild Decembers” since her lover has died. (Bronte

  • Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson

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    dwelling on the past or the problems of the present. This hope can give a person a positive outlook on life and motivate him or her to look past what is happening in the present. In the poems “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickinson and “The Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy, they both convey similar messages about hope. Both works display the theme of hope being present at all times no matter how bad things may seem and is a consistent option for anyone in need of help. In “Hope is the Thing

  • comperative Analysis of Bronte and Hardy

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    and time. In Emily Bronte’s, Remembrance, the poem is between the losses of love for someone who died fifteen years ago. That the one who died is long gone and out of anyone’s memory. So, in this poem we see a loss of love. In Thomas Hardy’s, The Darkling Thrush, we see the loss of hope because of the turning of the new century because Hardy wrote this poem on December 31st, 1899. In another Hardy poem, Ah, Are You Digging My Grave, we see the loss of memory, and being forgotten. This poem is about

  • Free Essays: There is No Certainty in Dover Beach

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    There is No Certainty in Dover Beach How can life or anything be so wonderful, but at times seem so unbearable? This is a question that Matthew Arnold may have asked himself one day, while writing Dover Beach. This is a poem about a sea and a beach that is truly beautiful, but hold much deeper meaning than what meets the eye. The poem is written in free verse with no particular meter or rhyme scheme, although some of the words do rhyme. Arnold is the speaker speaking to someone he loves. As the

  • Raya Alternate Ending

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    stern voice of hers. “I know, I know,” Raya muttered. A darkling beetle skittered past her foot, clumsy legs seemingly to tall for its stout body. Raya poised the knife over the beetle, then skewered it with the blade. Its legs kept twitching. She supposed she needed to kill something today too. Her father’s voice (not dead, and very much alive) popped into her thoughts, “If you’re gonna kill it, you should eat it too.” But darkling beetles fed on the white rust, so eating the beetle would

  • Analysis Of After A Journey By Thomas Hardy

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    Thomas Hardy, one of the 19th century’s most well known poets, was a man of many talents, at least writing-wise. He was an author of novels and short stories, as well as such poetic works like “Tess of the d’Urbervilles,” “Jude the Obscure,” and “The Darkling Thrush.” Hardy was fond of hiding more serious and deep thoughts behind more simple sounding poetry. His voice of weariness and sad resignation sometimes disarms his readers, but his depth draws them in. His influence on the Movement poets of the

  • Dover Beach

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    We humans are a crafty. Since the dawn of time immemorial, we have labored to make sense of an existence that, by and large, defies comprehension. There have been some successes; science, philosophy, love, and religion have all been forged and wielded in this struggle to offer the occasional light of truth. The problem is that they all deal in the definitive, but in a world without absolutes there might only be one human convention capable of truly answering the biggest questions of life: poetry

  • Emily Bronte And The Loss By Thomas Hardy

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    thousands of writers all across the globe for centuries, three of which being: “Remembrance” by Emily Bronte, “The Darkling Thrush”, and “Ah, Are You Digging on My Grave?” by Thomas Hardy. “Remembrance” is a fantastic poem based on a wife who is speaking of her past lover who had died Fifteen years prior. There are mixed emotions running amuck, but all in all it is a very great read. “The Darkling Thrush” is a short poem, a monologue of a man on a Christmas walk

  • Contrasting Worlds in Dover Beach and Quiet Work

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    Contrasting Worlds in Dover Beach and Quiet Work Tree Works Cited    The poems of Matthew Arnold always seem to portray two contrasting worlds. In this essay I will examine his poems more deeply and show what these two worlds are, what they express. I will also attempt to see his work in relation to its social and historical context. One of the two worlds to be found in Arnold's poems is a disappointing or pessimistic world, while the other is a heavenly, ideal world. In most o f his poems the disappointing

  • An Analysis Of The Darkling Trush By Thomas Hardy

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    The Darkling Thrush An Analysis of Why The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy Is My Favorite Poem “Britain kept its position as the dominant world power well into the 20th century despite steady decline. By the end of World War II, dominance had shifted decisively into the hands of the upstart across the sea, the United States, by far the most powerful and wealthy society in world history,” quoted by Noam Chomsky. Chomsky is absolutely right, the people of Great Britain knew that Britain was declining

  • Critical Appreciation Of Dover Beach

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    let us be true To one another! For the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight Where ignorant armies crash by night.” (Arnold 1867) After reading the poem "Dover Beach" written by Matthew Arnold, I Think the main theme for this poem is being in on the sea in the night

  • Essay on the Victorian View of Dover Beach

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    The Victorian View of Dover Beach As the narrator of Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" looks out his window, he sees a beautiful world of nature: the sea and the cliffs under the glow of the moon. Describing this scene to his lover, he invites her to "[c]ome to the window" so that she might see it too (6). However, it is not just a beautiful beach that the speaker wishes his lover to see. Rather, he wants her to see Dover Beach as an ironic image that is a representation of his whole world. Likewise

  • Comparison of Poems Dover Beach and The Buried Life and by Matthew Arnold

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    and inner most thoughts. In “Dover Beach” he claims “the sea is calm tonight, the tide is full, the moon lies fair upon the straits.” These lines show a sense of clarification until he claims he has lost his faith by saying “and we are here as on a darkling plain swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight.” These lines present the idea of him not knowing why he is on this earth. His negative thoughts affect his being able to be happy for example when he says “Ah, love, let us be true to one another

  • Analysis of A Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

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    Analysis of A Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy Analysis of “The Darkling Thrush”, by Thomas Hardy As the title has already mentioned, this assignment will be an analysis on a poem by Thomas Hardy. The poem is called “The Darkling Thrush”, also known by another title, “By the Century’s deathbed”. My analysis will include elements such as the poems’ setting, structure, imagery, diction, rhyme scheme and theme. I will go into one element at the time, and them give examples from one stanza only