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[Oh! who are these in scant array]

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Kathleen Emerson

Publication: Holloway Jingles

Publisher: Glasgow Branch of the W.S.P.U (Women's Social and Political Union)

Published: 1912

Place of publication: Glasgow, Scotland

Publication type: Chapbook

A full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): RB.S.591
Pages(s): 10-11

This poem appears in Holloway Jingles, a collection of poems written in Holloway Prison during March and April, 1912, which were compiled by a Glaswegian inmate, Nancy A. John, and subsequently published by the Glasgow branch of the W.S.P.U. (the militarist Women's Social and Political Union).  The poem is written by Kathleen Emerson, an Irish suffragette who travelled to London in 1912 and took part in smashing windows in Central London, she was arrested and wrote this poem from Holloway Prison.  This poem, which consists of nine four-line stanzas, outlines the vairous characters in Holloway Prison, including the wardresses, the govenor, the chaplain, the doctor, the matron, and (of course) the suffragettes.  Several figures are mocked - the chaplain is described as a 'sanctimonious drone' - but the matron is one 'we'll ne'er forget' because 'we feel she is a Suffragette'.