Thomas Hood

(1789-1845 / London / England)

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He was born in London to Thomas Hood and Elizabeth Sands in the Poultry (Cheapside) above his father's bookshop. Hood's paternal family had been Scottish farmers from the village of Errol near Dundee. The Elder Hood was a partner in the business of Verner, Hood, and Sharp, and was a member of the Associated booksellers. Hood's son, Tom Hood, claimed that his grandfather had been the first to opened up the book trade with America and he had great success in new editions of old books.

"Next to being a citizen of the world," writes Thomas Hood in his Literary Reminiscences, "it must be the best thing to be born a citizen of the world's greatest city." On the death of her husband in ... more »

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  • ''A certain portion of the human race
    Has certainly a taste for being diddled.''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. A Black Job.
  • ''The best of friends fall out, and so
    His teeth had done some years ago.''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. A True Story.
  • ''I saw old Autumn in the misty morn
    Stand shadowless like Silence, listening
    To silence,''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. Autumn (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., ...
  • ''Ben Battle was a soldier bold,
    And used to war's alarms;
    But a cannon-ball took off his legs,
    So he laid down his arms.''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. Faithless Nelly Gray (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) O...
  • ''O, Nelly Gray! O, Nelly Gray!
    Is this your love so warm?
    The love that loves a scarlet coat
    Should be more uniform!''
    Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. Walter Jerrold (1906). Faithless Nelly Gray (1826).
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  • Dan Reynolds (9/23/2014 7:32:00 AM)

    You show some promise, but the archaic language lets you down. Try to read some good contemporary poets and expand your thoughts without the restriction of form.

  • David Solomon (10/4/2009 3:26:00 PM)

    what a meaningful poem that taught me the meaning of sacrifice, the woman decided to make a song of her pains to make the rich happy although the song will never reach the rich

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