Thomas Hardy: Poems

The overall tone of “The Darkling Thrush” is best described as

maudlin and overwrought.
serious and tragic.
darkly humorous.
thoroughly pessimistic.

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I think one can make a case for "maudlin and overwrought" because the narrator seems so sad at the beginning. The narrator is so "down" and only has the tiniest hope at the end. Certainly, this does not start on a good note.

The darkling thrush