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In the poem 'The Darkling Thrush' Thomas Hardy uses connotative diction to communicate his candid tone. 

This poem was written on January 1, 1900 during the time period when many religions prophesied the destruction of the earth on January 1, 1900.

During the turn of the century while 'all mankind' sought refuge, Hardy feels the 'deaths lament' of the wind and notices that all 'spirits' turn 'hard and dry' and seem as apathetic as Hardy.

Hardy's straightforward tone was infers that all man fear the end of the 20th century. 

While man sat in their homes in fear, all other beings continued their life apathetically.

Despite the hopelessness of witnessing the survival of the earth through the next century Hardly notices an 'aged thrush' sing a boastful melody. 

Even though Hardy knows about the rumors afoot, he goes outside to a silent night, take one last look at the earth before the end.

A thrush then breaks the silence; Hardy wonders why the thrush sings with its soul rather than preparing for his death.

This leads Hardy to believe that the bird knows something about the future and instills a sense of hope in Hardy.

Although the 'end' of the world did not occur on January 1, 1900 men held their breath thinking so, only to realize in the end that they were fooled.