Thomas Hood

(1789-1845 / London / England)

November


No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -
November!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Christine Sweeney (9/12/2012 7:54:00 AM)

    The poem actually has several more verses, showing what the month was like in fog-filled London in the early Victorian period when he wrote it. It's most quoted version is as above; probably from a 1980s pop band using it on an album, though I'm not sure of that. As a child I always resented it because I was a November baby and it was always quoted at me on my birthday. I like it better if I see it as a description of a specific time and place in that month rather than an insult to the month (though I do have to admit it is sometimes true of November!) . (Report) Reply

  • Ian Fraser (2/6/2009 10:09:00 PM)

    No-one who has experienced the English winter can read this poem without a shiver of amusement! (Report) Reply

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