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Suffragettes and Suffragists

With the Suffragettes being in the limelight at present (this year marks the centenary of the death of Emily Davison), I’ve looked around for poetry about them.

The first ones I found seemed to be modern takes on something the authors knew little about – see Kidpub which describes the poem they quote as ‘weird’ or Wattpad which at least has some history and knows the difference between Suffragettes and Suffragists.

The Wordsmith’s Forge is more serious with her poem Say Something for the Suffragettes, which lists the main players in the campaign:

If you’re a woman and you vote,
these are the ones who gave you a voice —

And Teen Ink has an interesting one, Suffragette, about force feeding:

But the force feeding law makes me feel sick with fear,
Just then I hear footsteps – oh my God! They’re here!

I found a few others on the web, but not many.

This has made me wonder if other great political movements do or do not inspire poetry. I shall have to investigate.

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