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Donkey Competition for the Laureateship of the O.L. Ass-ociation

1867-8: Representation of the People Acts

Author: Anon

Publication: Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser

Published: 20 April 1867

Place of publication: Paisley, Scotland

Publication type: Newspaper/Periodical

Featured individuals:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

No full copy of this poem is available.

Archive/Library: Paisley Central Library

In April 1867 the Paisley Herald published a number of articles about the Paisley Liberal Association, attributing ass-like characteristics to its members. See also 6 April 1867 and 13 April 1867. Here, in this poem, fictional contestants vie for the status of the Ass-ociation's poet laureatship: namely, 'Old Boy', 'Culture', 'Onlooker', and 'Ineligible' (alias the 'Rhyming Donkey'). The donkey wins. Reference is made to the Reform Bill by the 'chairman' in his concluding remarks.