Thomas Hood

(1789-1845 / London / England)

November - Poem by Thomas Hood

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! -

Comments about November by Thomas Hood

  • (11/23/2018 12:02:00 PM)

    Not complete poem. For Shame (Report) Reply

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  • (11/7/2018 12:11:00 PM)

    I remember this poem from high school, and - unless he wrote two - this isn't it. It is much longer - No sun, no moon, no morn, no noon, no dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day, no sky, no earthly view, no distance looking blue, no road, no street, no the other side of the way, no top to any steeple, ... and a lot more. (Report) Reply

    (11/29/2018 4:06:00 AM)

    You are quite right. Try a better website. The full poem is on

  • (11/3/2018 7:55:00 PM)

    Perfect poem for this dreary month (Report) Reply

  • (11/2/2018 6:54:00 PM)

    What a horrible poem Surely now days we should see that mother nature need to rest I hate this poem it annoys me (Report) Reply

  • (10/3/2018 12:01:00 PM)

    I learnt the poem at school 66 years ago but remember it as being longer than this Does anyone know it all (Report) Reply

    (11/29/2018 4:07:00 AM)

    The full poem is on Poem hunter is not a very good website

  • (7/8/2018 5:25:00 AM)

    I learnt this wonderful poem at School in 1954 (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2018 5:22:00 PM)

    this isn't the whole poem! this is about a third of the full thing (Report) Reply

  • (5/20/2018 2:18:00 PM)

    Such a clever poem! Love this - think I will get my students to write a similar one. (Report) Reply

  • (2/13/2018 12:26:00 PM)

    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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  • (1/15/2018 9:27:00 AM)

    I want reference to the context of the poem November (Report) Reply

    (3/28/2018 3:00:00 AM)

    November can be depressing or not! We made it Not.60 years ago my Second grade had to sing, for a November time celebration: Clear November cool and bright; leaves are shining all their might; Say, I'll paint the leaves at night with colors gay. St. Mary Catho School, Lancaster, Ohio.

  • (11/1/2015 4:00:00 AM)

    The previous poem is the full version. Looking out of my window first thing this 1st November morning of 2015, brought it to mind. A true celebration of the month ahead...but I do believe the sun is trying to break through! So flee depression! (Report) Reply

  • Alesia Leach (11/1/2014 5:03:00 PM)

    That's November for you. The blah month. (Report) Reply

  • (9/12/2012 7:54:00 AM)

    The poem actually has several more verses, showing what the month was like in fog-filled London in the early Victorian period when he wrote it. It's most quoted version is as above; probably from a 1980s pop band using it on an album, though I'm not sure of that. As a child I always resented it because I was a November baby and it was always quoted at me on my birthday. I like it better if I see it as a description of a specific time and place in that month rather than an insult to the month (though I do have to admit it is sometimes true of November!) . (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2009 10:09:00 PM)

    No-one who has experienced the English winter can read this poem without a shiver of amusement! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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