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The Darkling Thrush

The Darkling Thrush

by Thomas Hardy

Perseverance Quotes

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Quote #1

And every spirit upon the earth
Seemed fervourless as I. (15-16)

OK, we're cheating here. This is exactly the opposite of perseverance. In fact, it's pretty much rolling over and playing dead. Don't get us wrong, that's a great trick…for a dog. Which is where humankind seems to be on the species chain in this poem. C'mon, people – get up off the mat!

Quote #2

An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom. (21-24)

Can you come up with any more adjectives to explain how this bird has no good reason to be singing such a lovely song? Let's face it: life is rough. Note how Hardy switches from elaborate metaphors to lists of adjectives in this passage. He's hammering the point home: this bird's got nothing going for it but pure faith.

Quote #3

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things (25-27)

This, folks, is the definition of perseverance. It's believing in Santa Claus when everyone in your third-grade class tells you that he's just the guy in the mall with a fake beard. It's knowing that you can make the A team in basketball, even though your coach seems to think that you're a permanent bencher. You've got to believe, friends. Heck, if a bird can do it….

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