The City of Dreadful Night and Other Poems

The City of Dreadful Night and Other Poems The City of Dreadful Night an expression of bleak pessimism in a dehumanized uncaring urban environment

  • Title: The City of Dreadful Night and Other Poems
  • Author: JamesThomson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The City of Dreadful Night 1874 , an expression of bleak pessimism in a dehumanized, uncaring urban environment.

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      James Thomson, who wrote under the pseudonym Bysshe Vanolis, was a Victorian era poet famous primarily for the long poem The City of Dreadful Night 1874 , an expression of bleak pessimism in a dehumanized, uncaring urban environment.He is often distinguished from the earlier Scottish poet James Thomson by the letters B.V after his name.Thomson was born in Port Glasgow, Scotland, and, after his father suffered a stroke, raised in an orphanage He received his education at the Caledonian Asylum and the Royal Military Academy and served in Ireland, where in 1851, at the age of 17, he made the acquaintance of the 18 year old Charles Bradlaugh who was already notorious as a freethinker, having published his first atheist pamphlet a year earlier.More than a decade later, Thomson left the military and moved to London, where he worked as a clerk He remained in contact with Bradlaugh, who was by now issuing his own weekly National Reformer, a publication for the working man For the remaining 19 years of his life, starting in 1863, Thomson submitted stories, essays and poems to various publications, including the National Reformer, which published the sombre poem which remains his most famous work.The City of Dreadful Night came about from the struggle with insomnia, alcoholism and chronic depression which plagued Thomson s final decade Increasingly isolated from friends and society in general, he even became hostile towards Bradlaugh In 1880, nineteen months before his death, the publication of his volume of poetry, The City of Dreadful Night and Other Poems elicited encouraging and complimentary reviews from a number of critics, but came too late to prevent Thomson s downward slide.Thomson s remaining poems rarely appear in modern anthologies, although the autobiographical Insomnia and Mater Tenebrarum are well regarded and contain some striking passages He admired and translated the works of the pessimistic Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi 1798 1837 , but his own lack of hope was darker than that of Leopardi He is considered by some students of the Victorian age as the bleakest of that era s poets He died in London at the age of 47.

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    • The City of Dreadful Night is one of my favorite poem sequences, but its marvelous gloom and pessimism could not prepare any reader to expect the delicate beauty and freshness Thomson was capable of in many of the short lyrical pieces that form the other part of this collection. As much as I revere The City, I expected Thomson to be rather a one-note poet. I couldn't have been more wrong.


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