[There's a strange sort of college]
Author: Edith Aubrey Wingrove
Publication: Holloway Jingles
Publication type: Chapbook
No full copy of this poem is available.
Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
This poem appears in Holloway Jingles, a collection of poems written by militant suffragettes serving sentences 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, we are told, was 'written during the hunger strike', which a Glaswegian (Janie Allan) was instrumental in starting. It is formed of eight six-line stanzas and it attacks the hypocrisy of those who simply sing '"Rule, Britannia," / Britons never shall be slaves' bu tdo not support the suffragette cause. The poem portrays Holloway Prison as a college, where the 'students' (the suffragettes) learn important lessons and prepare themselves 'for the fight'.