The City of Dreadful Night

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The City of Dreadful Night is a long poem by James Thomson (1834—1882), which first appeared in instalments in Charles Bradlaugh's periodical the National Reformer in 1874. Running to 214 stanzas of varying forms, in 21 sections and a proem, it is a powerful and vivid allegory, or series of linked allegories, of depression, and reflects the author's own experience. It was his main and most successful poem.