What type of poem is The Darkling Thrush? (i.e. sonnet, ballad,etc.)?

June 23rd, 2011 by Emily

Question: What type of poem is The Darkling Thrush? (i.e. sonnet, ballad,etc.)?
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I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter’s dregs prefabricated desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land’s sharp features seemed to be
The Century’s corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And each spirit upon earth
Seemed fervourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So tiny cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

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Answer by Ω Liam – King Of Agartha Ω
As for the ’style’ of poetry, I am not sure, Hardy used several techniques throughout the poem to make the reader have a feeling of emphasis and presence. There is a frequent use of enjambment and the regular tetrameter, he also uses a regular ABAB rhyme scheme. If anything this poem gives a sense of rhythmical song.

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2 Comments on “What type of poem is The Darkling Thrush? (i.e. sonnet, ballad,etc.)?”

  1. jpdreamfire says:

    It would appear to be a regular rhyme scheme poem.

  2. classmate says:

    You must know that it isn’t a sonnet, since it has a lot more than 14 lines.

    There’s no precise definition of “ballad” comparable to the definition of “sonnet,” but I think most knowledgeable readers would say that this doesn’t really qualify as a ballad, even though the meter it uses — lines of iambic tetrameter alternating with lines of iambic trimeter — is sometimes called “ballad meter.” A ballad is usually a narrative poem, a poem that tells a story. This is more of a lyric poem, a poem that describes a scene and/or expresses personal feelings.

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