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Can anyone give a summary of the poem "No" by Thomas Hood?

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vandu04 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 8, 2009 at 10:19 AM via web

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Can anyone give a summary of the poem "No" by Thomas Hood?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 8, 2009 at 12:58 PM (Answer #1)

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In Thomas Hood's poem "No," he is basically stating that in November, nothing is going on.  It's a dreary month, filled with nothing, filled with all sorts of "no's."  In November, he states, even the weather is dreary; so dreary that there is no "dawn", "dusk", "proper time of day", "sun", "moon", or "dawn."  There are no happy bees buzzing about, no flowers, no cheerfulness.  In addition, there is no socialization or fun parties to attend.  There is no travelling or mail or news, "No warmth, no cheerfulness," and no warmth of any kind to lighten the days.

In essence, Hood is using the word "November," and playing with the "No" that is at the beginning of it.  He is saying that November was aptly named, because in that miserable month, the weather is bad, the company is bad, and there is nothing to look forward to.  I hope that those thoughts help you to understand the poem a bit; good luck!

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jennweat44 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2011 at 3:12 AM (Answer #2)

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