Hood and the minor
At the London Magazine and after
in Thomas Hood and nineteenth-century poetry
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This chapter explores the dynamics of the London and its culture of play provide vital clues to Thomas Hood's literary development and the relationship between his writing and that of his contemporaries. The London Magazine incorporated writers of different political hues and resisted identification with any party interest. Through the mask of 'The Lion's Head' at the London, Hood began to experiment with the freedoms of printed voice, learning from the examples of Charles Lamb, John Hamilton Reynolds, and Thomas Griffiths Wainewright. Hood and Reynolds established a fraternal friendship early in Hood's period at the London and their writing shares a delight in parody and in jokes that involve literary translocation. Hood's poem 'The Last Man', offers another example of his ambivalence about romantic motifs and nuanced response to literary predecessors.

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