Database of Poems

Back to results

Raising the Fiery Cross (some way after Sir Walter Scott)

1884: Representation of the People Act

Author: Anon

Publication: Daily Review

Published: 28 August 1884

Place of publication: Edinburgh, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: National Library of Scotland
Classmark(s): Hard copy
Pages(s): 3

In this poem, Gladstone, the leader of the Reform movement in 1884, is portrayed as a dauntless clan chieftain with an 'eagle eye', while Disraeli is portrayed as a traitor.  The poem concludes by portraying Gladstone as a military leader, supported by 'exulting Rads'.  The poem is attributed to Punch, a London-based satirical magazine.