What are the metaphors used by the poet in the Darkling Thrush to convey his desolation?
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The metaphors used in this poem is to describe the landscape in order to provoke despair. The speaker says in the beginning that “Frost was spectre-grey.” In order to make the dejected ambience more profound, Frost develops human like characteristics in “spectre- grey.” He even says the “land’s sharp features seem to be the Century’s corpse out leant.” This metaphor seem to embody the dead century. The sharp features of the land seems to be the Century’s dead body and the cloud, in the next line, works as a canopy, covering up the body. Another metaphor is seen when he says that the thrush’s song is like “evensong”, the evening prayers and songs performed as rituals in the Anglican Church.
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