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Workhouse Clock

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In "Workhouse Clock" by Thomas Hood, the author captures the despair and monotony of life in a workhouse through the perspective of a clock. The clock serves as a witness to the harsh conditions and daily struggles faced by the inmates, counting the hours as they drag on in endless repetition.

Hood's writing is poignant and vivid, painting a bleak picture of poverty and neglect. The clock's perspective adds a unique and haunting element to the story, serving as a symbol of the relentless passage of time in the inmates' lives.

The author's use of imagery and symbolism effectively conveys the stark reality of life in the workhouse, evoking a sense of empathy and solemn reflection in the reader. While the subject matter may be bleak, Hood's writing is powerful and thought-provoking, shining a light on the harsh realities faced by those who are forgotten and marginalized in society.

Overall, "Workhouse Clock" is a moving and impactful read that sheds light on the struggles of the downtrodden and serves as a reminder of the importance of empathy and compassion towards those in need.

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There were scarcely any events in the life of Thomas Hood. One condition there was of too potent determining importance—life-long ill health; and one circumstance of moment—a commercial failure, and consequent expatriation. Beyond this, little presents itself for record in the outward facts of this upright and beneficial career, bright with genius and coruscating with wit, dark with the lengthening and deepening shadow of death.

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