"Some people say life is the thing, but I prefer reading"
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Sunday Poetry - Thomas Hood
This is a poem I remember reading many years ago but, now that I look at it again, I realise what a sad, melancholy poem it is. Thomas Hood (picture from here) was a poet & humorist, fond of practical jokes & puns. He was sub-editor of the London Magazine & knew many of the writers of the early 19th century, including Coleridge, Lamb, Clare & de Quincey. Finding out a little about him makes me feel that this poem, with its yearnings after the innocence of youth, must have represented a passing phase rather than a settled melancholia.
I remember, I remember The house where I was born, The little window where the sun Came peeping in at morn; He never came a wink too soon Nor brought too long a day; But now, I often wish the night Had borne my breath away.
I remember, I remember The roses red and white, The violets and the lily cups-- Those flowers made of light! The lilacs where the robin built, And where my brother set The laburnum on his birthday,-- The tree is living yet!
I remember, I remember Where I was used to swing, And thought the air must rush as fresh To swallows on the wing; My spirit flew in feathers then That is so heavy now, The summer pools could hardly cool The fever on my brow.
I remember, I remember The fir-trees dark and high; I used to think their slender tops Were close against the sky: It was a childish ignorance, But now 'tis little joy To know I'm farther off from Heaven Than when I was a boy.
I'm an avid reader who loves middlebrow fiction, 19th century novels, WWI & WWII literature, Golden Age mysteries & history. Other interests include listening to classical music, drinking tea, baking cakes, planning my rose garden & enjoying the antics of my cats, Lucky & Phoebe. Contact me at lynabby16AThotmailDOTcom
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