ISC English poem –The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy

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  1. Adrita Das says:

    Sir can you please write the answers of the question… “how does the thrush stand as a sole symbol of hope in this poem? ” Word limit 250 to 300. Sir it’s urgent! Please write it within tomorrow.

  2. Adrita Das says:

    O. K. Sir. Thank you.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      How does the thrush stand as a sole symbol of hope in this poem?

      The landscape looked so lifeless, dead, and depressing. The snow and the chill had pushed everyone into their homes. No one dared to come out to do any activity. The humdrum visible in a normal street had become a dream. Only the mortuary, the repository of people dead, stood silently as if to say that death and destruction had arrived to engulf the world around. The tree stood as if someone had ripped it of its leaves. Like a relic of better times gone by, the tree stood showing its bare branches. It looked akin to a musical instrument that has been ravaged, and rendered unusable.

      From the midst of such pervasive gloom, an embattled thrush begins to squall, as if to declare that it has weathered all odds and has pushed death back. It wants to say that all not finished yet. Life would emerge with all its glory and radiance. Hope and smile would return. The earth would be abuzz with the hustle and bustle of life. In a nutshell, the thrush is the harbinger of good times. So, through its shrill, but loud cry, the thrush wants to dispel the gloom and usher optimism and energy.

  3. Adrita Das says:

    Thank you very much sir.

  4. Gazal says:

    ’The Darkling Thrush’ is a poem of despair and hope. Elucidate the statement with close reference to the text.(or Hardy’s ‘The Darkling Thrush ’is stranded between optimism and pessimism, between hope and despair.)
    Sir if you could frame this answer. The word limit would be 400 to 450 words.

  5. Gazal says:

    What is the mood of the speaker in the beginning of the poem ’The Darkling Thrush’.
    b)How has Thomas Hardy depicted nature in the poem ‘The Darkling Thrush’.
    c)How far is ‘The Darkling Thrush’ capable of arousing ‘some blessed hope’ at the turn of the century.

    Sir i came across these questions and i couldnt frame this appropriately so if you could help ke out with these questions for 8 marks each.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      Wait Gazal, I will surely write it for you. Just wait for your turn.

    • Satya Prakash says:

      a. What is the mood of the speaker in the beginning of the poem ’The Darkling Thrush’.
      Answer .. The poet is lonely and lost in some foreboding thoughts. The intense cold has pushed people inside, virtually to hibernation. There is no activity around, and life seems to have come to a standstill. In such a depressing environment, the poet can’t but feel confused, and gloomy. Morbid thoughts seem to creep into his mind.
      b. How has Thomas Hardy depicted nature in the poem ‘The Darkling Thrush’.
      Answer .. Thomas Hardy, unlike William Wordsworth, was not fond of meandering aimlessly to savour the bounty of Nature. On this occasion, he has ventured out, but has been badly buffeted by the rudeness of Nature in mid-Winter. None of the features the benign Nature unfolds in summer is to be seen anywhere. With cold biting anything that is on earth with unforgiving vengeance, Nature appears so hostile, so gloomy.
      c. How far is ‘The Darkling Thrush’ capable of arousing ‘some blessed hope’ at the turn of the century?
      Answer .. It just rekindles some optimism, not much. England was passing through a very bad patch at that time. War, floundering economy, social discord gnawed England incessantly. Thomas Hardy lived during those hard times, and was victim of the pervasive hopelessness. His mood, like many of his countrymen, remained desultory and pensive. But, he had not lost his faith in the future fully. When the Darkling Thrush appeared from nowhere in that ghoulish cold, it triggered a rush of optimism in him. But, it was just a trickle, not a torrent.
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  6. Rahul Chaudhary says:

    Sir can you pls give us some tips how to write answers like how can we score more marks by adding quotes

  7. zaara says:

    sir but our teacher taught us that charles darwin theory was at its peak that has shaken the religious base of people and as result the chain of love was broken people became selfish and crimes increases and the darklin thrush is actually christians evening bell that is religion which still has hope that pepl will return back to godness .

  8. Rudra Saikat Mandal says:

    How does the poem The Darkling Thrush prove that it is written during the end of an cemtury.??

  9. Rudra Saikat Mandal says:

    Sir pls try within 100 words.

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  10. Rudra Saikat Mandal says:

    How does the poem The Darkling Thrush prove that it is written during the end of an century.??

    • Satya Prakash says:

      How does the poem The Darkling Thrush prove that it is written during the end of the nineteenth century??
      Answer …….
      A careful reading of The Darkling Thrush leaves the reader with no doubt that the depressing socio-economic, class-ridden British society at the turn of the century had made the poet’s mood sullen and despondent. The snow-filled, cold terrain with its desolate and dour look was emblematic of the state of Britain’s lifeless society then. Just as the cold pushed people inside robbing them of energy, the chasm between the poor and the ‘filthy’ rich robbed the contemporary society of its vitality and vibrancy. But, the people saw some faint hope, just the way the Darkling Thrush appeared from nowhere to declare that everything was not lost yet.

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