Suffragette poetry from 1915

Thanks to the hairpin for sharing this fascinating and very entertaining discovery, a collection of suffragette poems written by the remarkable Alice Duer Miller. As a feminist ally, historian and poetry and satire enthusiast, I found the collection of poems to be a witty, revealing and amusing read, and strongly encourage you all to enjoy them! Alice skewers her political targets with a keen sharpness that many panel show pundits and journalists today would envy, and as a historical source they reveal a good insight into both the climate of the suffrage debates of the time and the mind of a most talented and admirable radical thinker. Personal and political poetry which is still very much relevant today, as (amazingly, depressinglu) the issues of chivalry, the state demand on and support of women in vulnerable positions, and the education of different genders are still matters of some controversy in which repressive and patriarchal authorities still exert considerable power.


~ by theserpentscircle on January 25, 2012.

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