No sun - no moon!
No morn - no noon -
No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -

by Thomas Hood

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I learnt the poem at school 66 years ago but remember it as being longer than this Does anyone know it all
I learnt this wonderful poem at School in 1954
this isn't the whole poem! this is about a third of the full thing
Such a clever poem! Love this - think I will get my students to write a similar one.
An exact and precise descriptive poem of the hopelessness of this often dreary month. The poem can also describe a clinically depressed person who may 'head knowledge' knowledge that bright health is near (Christmas in December) , but who is wrapped up in the repeating, joyless present - melancholy mourning. A sad poem.
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