A Retort on the Tories
Publication: Loyal Reformers' Gazette
Published: 3 September 1831
Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical
William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806)
A full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: Mitchell Library, Glasgow
Classmark(s): Reel Number: 3088; Pressmark: SNMU 175/98
This poem responds to a stanza of a poem published in the Glasgow Herald (a Glasgow newspaper), which critiques parliamentary reform, and offers a witty retort to it. It takes the same poetic form as the one it responds to, with fourteen syllables to each line, in 4 lines stanzas with an aabb rhymin scheme. The poem also invokes words from the original poem and subverts them: taking a reference to the sun, this poem states that Pitt would tax the sun if he had the chance. The Glasgow Herald poem was published on 19-08-1831.