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By Rodney Stenning Edgecombe

While Thomas Hood has lengthy been considered as a minor comedian poet, this book--the first to dedicate itself solely to his verse--provides an in depth research of 2 'serious' poems ('Hero and Leander' and 'The Plea of the Midsummer Fairies') in an effort to provide a greater experience of his variety. such a lot commentators have pointed to the effect of Keats on such events, yet shut exam unearths a fair higher debt to Elizabethan and Metaphysical poets, whose occasionally playful deployment of the self-esteem struck a chord in his sensibility. whilst, the publication supplies Hood's comedian genius its due, delivering certain bills of the deftness and panache of his light-hearted oeuvre. One bankruptcy examines his expedition into the mock-heroic mode (Odes and Addresses to nice People), and one other his reliance on that airiest of varieties, the capriccio (Whims and Oddities). The examine concludes with an in depth exam of 'Miss Kilmansegg and Her important Leg,' exhibiting how Hood was once right here capable of inflect a jeu d'esprit with a great Juvenalian ardour.

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The world is but a spot. Now say—Is Blackwood's low or not, For all the Scottish tone? It shall not weigh us here—not where The sandy burden's lost in air— Our lading—where is't flown? Since Graham is "in" the gondola with him, Hood's plurals here are perfectly legitimate. Even so, one is tempted to read the "us" and "our" as a dig at the royal "we-ing" favoured by the critics he has just dismissed. The "Ode to the Great Unknown" also centres on questions of literary taste and fashion—in this case, the cult of Sir Walter Scott.

19 ("dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return"), Hood gives it a technological turn by detaching the patronymic "Mac" from the name of the famous road-maker: And where is mortal labour gone? Look, Graham, for a little stone Mac Adamized to dust! When he addresses Graham as his fellow-traveller, Hood provides a fresh, Cowperish take on the apostrophe of the formal ode, reminding us at the same time that he has compounded it with another form altogether—the hodoiporikon or journey poem. His companion also functions like the adversarius in Augustan satire, and cues some meditations close to the speaker's heart.

19 ("dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return"), Hood gives it a technological turn by detaching the patronymic "Mac" from the name of the famous road-maker: And where is mortal labour gone? Look, Graham, for a little stone Mac Adamized to dust! When he addresses Graham as his fellow-traveller, Hood provides a fresh, Cowperish take on the apostrophe of the formal ode, reminding us at the same time that he has compounded it with another form altogether—the hodoiporikon or journey poem. His companion also functions like the adversarius in Augustan satire, and cues some meditations close to the speaker's heart.

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