Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THOMAS HOOD, by EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON

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THOMAS HOOD, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The man who cloaked his bitterness within
Last Line: Or sailed away with ines to the west.
Subject(s): Hood, Thomas (1799-1845); Poetry & Poets

The man who cloaked his bitterness within
This winding-sheet of puns and pleasantries,
God never gave to look with common eyes
Upon a world of anguish and sin:
His brother was the branded man of Lynn;
Amd there are woven with his jollities
The nameless and eternal tragedies
That render hope and hopelessness akin.

We laugh, and crown him; but anon we feel
A still chord sorrow-swept, - a weird unrest;
And thin dim shadows home to midnight steal,
As if the very ghost of mirth were dead --
As if the joys of time to dreams had fled,
Or sailed away with Ines to the West.

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