Imagery in The Darkling Thrush

Imagery Examples in The Darkling Thrush:

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"weakening eye of day...."   (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.