Thomas Hood, 1799–1845, English poet. He was an editor of various prominent magazines and periodicals. The greater proportion of his work was written in a humorous vein, and he was celebrated for his use of figurative language, especially puns. However, it is in his serious poems, notably
"The Song of the Shirt"
"The Bridge of Sighs,"
that he shows his true creative ability. In these poems Hood displays great compassion for the poor and unfortunate, a feeling that was probably influenced by his own suffering from ill-health and poverty. His other noted poems include
"The Dream of Eugene Aram"
"The Plea of the Midsummer Fairies."
See his letters ed. by P. F. Morgan (1973); study by L. N. Jeffrey (1972).