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Holloway, 8th March

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: A. Martin

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): RBS.s.591
Pages(s): 26-27

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'.