What is the theme/ message/ subject matter/ central idea of the poem ‘The darkling thrush’ by Thomas Hardy?
Thomas Hardy’s poem ‘The Darkling Thrush’ is a nature poem with the theme of HOPE. Here the poet mourns the end of a century, the Twentieth Century, by depicting the winter atmosphere in its desolate and hopeless state full of frost, snow and heavy fog.
But the condition changes suddenly when the speaker hears a thrush (a songbird) singing cheerfully in that desolate and dead landscape. He cannot understand the reason for such cheerfulness. Who knows but it may be the thought that the end of something is also the beginning of a new one? So, by introducing the thrush, the poet gives the message that we should look at things from a positive angle and find a reason to be hopeful and happy even in difficult situations of life.