Holloway, 8th March
Author: A. Martin
Publication: Holloway Jingles
Publication type: Chapbook
A 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 is written by 'A. Martin', an obscure suffragette about whom little is known. This poem asserts that the suffrage cause, and the suffragettes' imprisonment is consisent with the life of Christ: 'He taught His brethern and inspired, / "To suffer and to die". The poem portrays the suffragettes as women from 'far and near' whose 'friends belov'd / No sympathy had shown'.