Excerpt from The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood
During the lifetime of Thomas Hood the public would most probably have been surprised to hear of an edition of his serious poems. Until within a short time of his death he was chie¿y, if not entirely, known to them as a jester, w... ith a command of facile rhyme. Of late years ampler justice has been awarded to him, and - although he will never be forgotten as a great comic writer, for that would be impossible - his reputation is now mainly based upon his graver works.
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