1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Hood

Anonymous, in Blackwood's Magazine 21 (January 1827) 45.



For three years past we have been pining away for the appearance of a new Cockney.... But what a bitter disappointment! Thomas Hood, so far from deserving to be knouted to death, or sent with his stripes into Siberian silence, turns out to be a most admirable fellow — quite of the right kidney — with a warm heart — a sound head — a humour quaint and original — a disposition amiable and facetious — a boon companion, worthy to be carried by proclamation or storm — an honorary member of the Nox-Ambrosial club.