No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day -
No sky - no earthly view -
No distance looking blue -
No road - no street - no "t'other side the way" -
No end to any Row -
No indications where the Crescents go -
No top to any steeple -
No recognitions of familiar people -
No courtesies for showing 'em -
No knowing 'em! -
No travelling at all - no locomotion,
No inkling of the way - no notion -
"No go" - by land or ocean -
No mail - no post -
No news from any foreign coast -
No Park - no Ring - no afternoon gentility -
No company - no nobility -
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds -
Thomas Hood wrote at the start of the nineteenth century, but he sounds surprisingly modern. In this poem, Hood takes a look at winter in a cold, urban climate, expressed with a nice sense of humour.
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We suggest you do the vocabulary activity below before you read or listen. Then read and/or listen to the poem and do the task to check your comprehension.
In the poem the author mentions many of the benefits of nature and humanity that are missing in the winter months. Some of the ideas are below. Can you put them in the same order as they appear in the poem?
Can you write a humorous complaint in the style of Thomas Hood about some time when you cannot enjoy life because of the weather or some other cause? Alternatively, write on the theme of "Yes!" celebrating a time when life is very enjoyable and everything goes the right way for you.
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i loved it cu it talks about November and it is my month
Thomas Hood, British humorist and poet!
I'm from hot city so we face same problems but with dust.
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