Thomas Hardy wrote The Darkling Thrush in 1899, on the eve of a new century, and used the common bird as a symbol for his trepidation and hope for the future. An interesting article from 2009 (click here to read) about this poem in The Guardian notes that Hardy would not have had the same scientific perspective of birdsong we do today – his thrush sings with the emotion of a human being in the Romantic tradition. I recently decided to revisit this poem and my illustration for it. I still loved the photograph I had originally paired with the excerpt – but I wanted to better highlight the “strings of broken lyres” that I saw, and so worked with it as a digital collage. To read the whole poem, head on over here. Digital collage and composition by me.