Hermit-thrush sings

from T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land on Rap Genius

Meaning

A type of bird known for singing flute-like songs.

As in the beginning of the poem, Eliot refers to Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”:

In the swamp in secluded recesses,
A shy and hidden bird is warbling a song.

Solitary the thrush,
The hermit withdrawn to himself, avoiding the settlements,
Sings by himself a song.

Song of the bleeding throat,
Death’s outlet song of life, (for well dear brother I know,
If thou wast not granted to sing thou would’st surely die.)

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