Although the thrush is full of joy and happiness, there is a clear contrast between its feelings and the way it looks. The thrush is described as being “frail, gaunt and small,” which makes the bird seem very weak and suggests it has not much hope in life. “Frail” and “gaunt” suggest it lacks a sufficient amount of food and obviously struggles to find it in the tough, harsh conditions. It is also described as having a “blast-beruffled plume.” The repetition of “B” mimics the sound of the wind and highlights the strength of the conditions that the thrush has to face. All these conditions would seem to suggest the bird does not have much hope in its life but still it “flings its soul upon the glowing gloom” and has “joy illimited”. This suggests that its joy is endless and it does not notice the harsh conditions it finds itself in.