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The New Fame

1918: Representation of the People Act

Author: Anon [R. P.]

Publication: Edinburgh Evening Dispatch

Published: 27 April 1912

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Book

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Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Mf.N.349
Pages(s): 4

This poem refers to several mythic and historic female heroines, and notes that we now have a 'Cult of the Suffragette', which is as bold and bad as the historical heroines.  The final stanza suggests that the suffragettes will ruin the reputation of great women: we are told that no one will write of Helen in the future 'because our English ladies trooped the Strand / With bludgeon and with mace'.