By Rodney Stenning Edgecombe
While Thomas Hood has lengthy been considered as a minor comedian poet, this book--the first to commit itself completely to his verse--provides an in depth research of 2 'serious' poems ('Hero and Leander' and 'The Plea of the Midsummer Fairies') with a view to provide a greater feel of his diversity. so much commentators have pointed to the effect of Keats on such events, yet shut exam finds an excellent higher debt to Elizabethan and Metaphysical poets, whose occasionally playful deployment of the vanity struck a chord in his sensibility. even as, the publication offers Hood's comedian genius its due, offering designated 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 research concludes with an in depth exam of 'Miss Kilmansegg and Her valuable Leg,' exhibiting how Hood was once the following capable of inflect a jeu d'esprit with a good Juvenalian ardour.
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Alas! still let me say, How few could lay The carving knife beside the tuning fork, Like the proverbial Jack ready for any work! (27-28) The allusion to Pope's epitaph ("Nature and Nature's Laws lay hid in Night. / God said, Let Newton be! and All was Light"63) implies that Kitchiner has also been predestined to illuminate some hidden "laws," which is a mock-heroic way of paraphrasing the "rules" of harmony, and the "conventions" of cooking. To A Self-Divided Poet: Form and Texture in the Verse of Thomas Hood 23 look at a stew "through Galileo's eyes" is (wrong-headedly) to see a planetary motion in the convection of potatoes and cutlets.
66 The common action, of course, is gormandizing, and the poet poses Kitchiner in the midst of his guests, offering them delicacies instead of the customary bambino: Oh, hast thou still those Conversazioni? Where learned visitors discoursed—and fed? ' The reference to Belzoni, paradoxically fresh from the dust of mummies, might have prompted a similar allusion in Little Dorrit, not only because Dickens invokes him to excavate an irrelevant London chapel ("a Congregationless Church that seemed to be waiting for some adventurous Belzoni to dig it out and discover its history"67), but also because Mrs Merdle's freshness is also traduced by dusty powder ("The lady was not young and fresh from the hand of Nature, but was young and fresh from the hand of her maid"—238).
27-28) The allusion to Pope's epitaph ("Nature and Nature's Laws lay hid in Night. / God said, Let Newton be! and All was Light"63) implies that Kitchiner has also been predestined to illuminate some hidden "laws," which is a mock-heroic way of paraphrasing the "rules" of harmony, and the "conventions" of cooking. To A Self-Divided Poet: Form and Texture in the Verse of Thomas Hood 23 look at a stew "through Galileo's eyes" is (wrong-headedly) to see a planetary motion in the convection of potatoes and cutlets.
A Self-divided Poet: Form and Texture in the Verse of Thomas Hood by Rodney Stenning Edgecombe