In what way is the poem Darkling thrush an attempt by the poet to search for meaning in the world?

In what way is the poem Darkling thrush an attempt by the poet to search for meaning in the world?

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  1. The poet has given up all hope when, at the beginning of the poem, he laments the dying century. He is saddened at the “ancient pulse of germ and birth was shrunken hard and dry.” He believes with the dying century all things good and beneficial are coming to an end. However when he hears the song of an aged thrush, singing a “full-hearted evensong” amidst all this desolation, the poet realizes that the thrush is aware of some blessed hope which he is yet to find. This serves as a waking call to the poet who needs to look beyond his pessimism in life to find that single ray of hope. The poet learns the message that hope can be found even in the most desolate times.

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