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In his poetry Hardy shows more sympathy for the natural world than he does for people. How far do you agree with this view?

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In his poetry Hardy shows more sympathy for the natural world than he does for people. How far do you agree with this view? You may wish to use ?The Blinded Bird? as a starting point for your answers. In your answer you should either refer to 2 or 3 poems or range more widely though the selection. Throughout Hardy?s poetry it is clear that he tends to show a lot more sympathy for the natural world than he does for people shown through key poems such as ?The Blinded Bird? , ?The Darkling Thrush? and ?The Puzzled Game-Birds?. These three poems all use nature and animals to explore feelings and Hardy tends to be more sympathetic towards the natural surroundings, in these poems he specifically references birds. He also shows his sympathy for the natural world by showing the animals in a more positive light than he does people; as shown through the poem ?The Puzzled Game-Birds?. ...read more.


This bird.? affirms this. Hardy shows sympathy with the bird in this poem by showing the birds passion through the repetition of the line ?So zestfully canst thou sing?? and his own confusion of how the bird can be so happy when the bird is blind through the line ?I stand and wonder how?. The poem references God in the second stanza by the repetition of the line ?Resenting not such wrong, thy grievous pain forgot? which insinuates that the bird is not resentful towards God for the fact that he is blind; he just loves his life and carries on with it as normal, ignoring the fact that he is blind. This poem clearly shows a lot of sympathy since it demonstrates how a bird that has one of its main senses taken away from him can still lead a happy life and sing so passionately ?Who suffereth long and is kind?who thinketh no evil, but sings?...This bird.? Very similar to ?The Blinded Bird? the poem the ?The Darkling Thrush? again shows Hardy?s more sympathetic approach to the natural world than his approach to humans. ...read more.


From the poem we can draw the conclusion that as shown in stanza 3, Hardy?s tone seems in awe of the thrush and is impressed by the bird?s unexpected happiness. This can be linked to ?The Blinded Bird?, where again in the poem the bird possesses an unexplainable happiness and was not discouraged in the slightest to live life to the max even though it had lost its sight. In all I entirely agree with the view that Hardy does tend to sympathise more with the natural world than he does with humans. I agree with the view due to the fact that the poems that I have looked at all seem to favour nature and portray the animals as being overlooked and disregarded by the humans who were portrayed as immoral and inferior and in the case of ?The Puzzled Game-Birds? malicious and violent. I also think he is inclined to sympathise with the natural world more because he views his surroundings as a natural beauty that is not noticed and appreciated enough by the human race. ...read more.

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