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Thread #2245 Message #3049342
Posted By: MGM·Lion
09-Dec-10 - 12:31 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Christmas Day in the Workhouse
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Christmas Day in the Workhouse
A piece of Victorian versification which notoriously lends itself to parody; but I always think this a pity, as I feel that the extremely effective, and affecting, original is actually a very poignant & powerful bit of polemic. No doubt it was the 'Victorian-ness' of the original, + a certain embarrassment at its undoubted truth about the no doubt well-meaning but ill-judging Guardians, who, however, "didn't give Relief".
As to the poem itself: Respect, I say.