Saturday, May 23, 2009

May 23: A Plea for an Unfortunate (Vol. 41, pp. 907-911)

The English poet Thomas Hood was born this day in 1799, so we get his poem, "The Bridge of Sighs." It's a about a woman who fell out of love with her husband and was discovered having an affair. She was thrown out of her house and forced to live on the street. Out of luck and out of options, she jumped to her death off a bridge into the Thames.

Hood writes about her body being pulled out of the river, and eloquently pleads her case. Sure, this is just as overwrought as the rest of the poetry of his era, but this one has a little more bite to it than most.

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