Thomas Hood (1799-1845) was the son of a London bookseller. At a young age he became apprentice to an engraver. But when he became quite ill he left this job and turned to writing. In 1815, he became a journalist and worked in Dundee, Scotland. Later, he became the sub-editor of the London Magazine. He was known in his lifetime for his comic verse. But it is his more serious poetry that is remembered today.
Words to Know :
Courtesy : something done out of politeness or consideration for another person
'em : them
Gentility : courteous and well-mannered society
The gentility : people from the upper classes-would take a leisurely walk along The Ring in the afternoon greeting others as they passed.
Inkling : a vague idea, an indication of how to go about something
Ring : A circular course in Hyde Park (in London), used for riding and driving
Row : a narrow street, lined with houses or buildings on both sides : a street where a particular occupation or type of person is predominant, e.g. tannery row
't' other side the way : a colloquial contraction of the other side of the road