By Rodney Stenning Edgecombe
While Thomas Hood has lengthy been considered as a minor comedian poet, this book--the first to commit itself solely to his verse--provides a close research of 2 'serious' poems ('Hero and Leander' and 'The Plea of the Midsummer Fairies') on the way to supply a greater experience of his variety. such a lot commentators have pointed to the impression of Keats on such events, yet shut exam unearths an excellent better debt to Elizabethan and Metaphysical poets, whose occasionally playful deployment of the vanity struck a chord in his sensibility. even as, the e-book supplies Hood's comedian genius its due, delivering exact bills of the deftness and panache of his light-hearted oeuvre. One bankruptcy examines his day trip 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 learn concludes with an in depth exam of 'Miss Kilmansegg and Her necessary Leg,' displaying how Hood was once the following capable of inflect a jeu d'esprit with a great Juvenalian ardour.
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Rochesterian paradox, static apostrophe that goes nowhere slowly, ludicrous metaphors, reductive similes—all can be found somewhere or other, and so can the full range of mock-heroic tone. The lame, hectoring insistence of Bridget Jones's remonstrance to the Steam Company recalls Bottom's clumsy "odes" in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but, at the same time, her anorthographic puns look forward to the most inventive and sophisticated satirist of the twentieth century. Lloyd Jeffrey has remarked that "Topical humor, unsupported by something larger than itself, is seldom long-lived unless vitalized by lucky accident.
Heav'n opens on my eyes! my ears With sounds seraphic ring:46 as the effects of air pressure on the ears: 'The world recedes—it disappears! — (3) That "laureate lore" is clearly the moment in The Poet's Pilgrimage where Freedom offers the poet a vista of imperial London: A Self-Divided Poet: Form and Texture in the Verse of Thomas Hood 15 So at her will, in that receding sheet, Of mist wherewith the world was overlaid, A living picture moved beneath our feet. 47 Needless to say, Hood has no truck with these pompous solemnities, and even his beloved Keats receives a delicate bat when the "Ode to a Nightingale" comes into view— Away!
Hood also makes an undignified substitution for Fortuna's "rolling sphere," placing Kitchiner on the wheel of a kitchen jack. As a result, the "chops and changes" of Fortune spin off in different directions—toward the butcher shop on the one hand and the musical academy on the other, since "changes" also refer to the modulations of harmony, and music was meant to have come from the cranking of the spheres. Hood's subject was secretary of the Committee of Taste (an association of "gastrophilists") who met for soirées at his house in Warren Street).
A Self-divided Poet: Form and Texture in the Verse of Thomas Hood by Rodney Stenning Edgecombe