"The Darkling Thrush" is practically the love child of "All By Myself" and solitary confinement. Whether our speaker is an outcast from society, forced to roam the earth during the dark hours when all other humankind is at home with family and friends, or whether he just chooses to spend his time in private thought, the poem rigorously denies him any sort of connection or communication. Then again, maybe that changes by the end of the poem. Do the speaker and the thrush have a moment of unspoken communion? Or are they both just as alone as they were before?
Hardy packs "The Darkling Thrush" with personified bits of Nature, which allows the speaker to feel like he's got constant companionship.
Hardy packs "The Darkling Thrush" with personified bits of Nature, which only emphasizes how lonely the one human figure in the poem actually is.