| Quote #1
And every spirit upon the earth
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,
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
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….