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A Retort on the Tories

1832: Representation of the People Acts

Publication: Loyal Reformers' Gazette

Published: 3 September 1831

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
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
Pages(s): 276

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.