Sedition, Chartism, and Epic Poetry in Thomas Cooper's The Purgatory of Suicides

@article{Kuduk2001SeditionCA,
  title={Sedition, Chartism, and Epic Poetry in Thomas Cooper's The Purgatory of Suicides},
  author={Stephanie Kuduk},
  journal={Victorian Poetry},
  year={2001},
  volume={39},
  pages={165 - 186}
}
  • Stephanie Kuduk
  • Published 2001
  • History
  • Victorian Poetry
  • WHEN THE PURGATORY OF SUICIDES: A PRISON-RHYME IN TEN BOOKS appeared in 1845, its title page announced that its author was "Thomas Cooper, The Chartist." [1] Written from prison, The Purgatory of Suicides begins by translating into verse a speech for which Cooper was convicted of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to Stafford Gaol for two and a half years. The speech, delivered in the turbulent August of 1842, counseled workers in north Staffordshire to "cease [all labour] until the People's… CONTINUE READING
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    Chartist Chaunt , ” “ The Woodman ’ s Song , ” “ The Old Man ’ s Song , ” and two songs entitled “ Chartist Song , ”
    • The dream vision structure of Shelley ’ s Queen Mab and Byron ’ s use of Spenserian stanzas in Childe Harold ’ s Pilgrimage also stand behind The Purgatory of Suicides , as Cooper acknowledges in his Life Imaginary Conversations , in Complete Works of Walter Savage Landor