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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Thomas Hood (1799–1845)

Hood, Thomas. An English poet, master of humor and pathos; born in London, May 23, 1799; died there, May 3, 1845. He had few early advantages, his genius first asserting itself in his early twenties in ‘Whims and Oddities,’ a collection of verse. The most playful and humorous of poets, there is yet a melancholy in all his numbers that now and then dominates his song entirely,—‘The Hostler’s Lament’ and ‘The Haunted House’ constituting examples. ‘The Plea of the Midsummer Fairies’ is worthy of the hand that wrote ‘The Song of the Shirt.’ (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).