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[Before I came to Holloway]

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Madeleine Caron Rock (1884-1954)
[also known as M. C. R.]

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): 18-19

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).  Glenda Norquay identifies this poet (whose initials are only offered in Holloway Jingles, M. C. R.) as Madeline Caron Rock, who was a poet imprisoned in Holloway.  The speaker tells us that she most feared the 'deathly stillness' of prison, but she represents it as incredibly animated.