Parody Poem by George Canning


Rating: 2.6

For one long term, or e'er her trial came,
Here Brownrigg linger'd. Often have these cells
Echoed her blasphemies, as with shrill voice
She scream'd for fresh Geneva. Not to her
Did the blithe fields of Tothill, or thy street
St. Giles, its fair varieties expand;
Till at the last in slow drawn cart she went
To execution. Dost thou ask her crime?
She whipp'd two female 'prentices to death,
And hid them in the coal-hole. For her mind
Shap'd strictest plans of discipline. Sage schemes!
Such as Lycurgus taught, when at the shrine
Of the Orthyan Goddess he bade flog
The little Spartans; such as erst chastised
Our Milton when at College. For this act
Did Brownrigg swing. Harsh laws; but time shall come,
When France shall reign, and laws be all repeal'd!

Susan Williams 10 February 2016

British satire. A piece of anti-Jacobin literature George Canning wrote and published in a weekly newspaper theAntiJacobin that printed reactionary idealogy opposed to the radicalism of the French Revolution. The Revolution polarized British political opinion in the 1790s, with conservatives outraged at killing of the king, the expulsion of the nobles, and the Reign of Terror. Britain went to war against Revolutionary France. Conservatives castigated every radical opinion in Britain as Jacobin (in reference to the leaders of the Terror) , warning that radicalism threatened an upheaval of British society. Canning founded the newspaperit, in his words, be full of sound reasoning, good principles, and good jokes and to set the mind of the people right upon every subject. its purpose as to...deride and refute the ideas of the Jacobins, present the government's point of view on the issues of the day and expose the misinformation and misinterpretation which filled the opposition newspapers. [Wikipedia]

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Kim Barney 10 February 2016

How about something we can all relate to instead of talking about When France shall reign, and laws be all repeal'd?

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Barry Middleton 10 February 2016

I agree. Sadly a lot of modern poetry also tends to academic obscurity.

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B.m. Biswas 10 February 2016

a poem to get enthu.....he alludes beautifully..well versed..

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Edward Kofi Louis 10 February 2016

To ask of her crime. Thanks for sharing.

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