Imagery in The Darkling Thrush
Imagery Examples in The Darkling Thrush:
The Darkling Thrush
"weakening eye of day...." See in text (The Darkling Thrush)
Hardy’s metaphor for the setting sun—a circle collapsing like a closing eye—serves as another motif of death and finality. Considered in the context of the rise of modernity, the “weakening eye” suggests a decline in reason in modern civilization. Hardy lamented the death of agricultural society and the advent of industrialization.