Will The War Be Over Soon?
Title:Will the War Be over Soon?
Date:May 20th 1865
Though the poetry columns of Victorian newspapers offer us evidence of a rich literary culture, the prevalence of poetry in everyday life is apparent from poems like this one, which served to advertise products and services within the same newspapers. Like today’s advertising jingles, the poems aimed to capture attention and embed the product in the reader’s consciousness. In this case, the anonymous poet has seized upon popular interest in the American Civil War and its implications for the people of Lancashire. The advert first appeared in the Bacup Times on 20th May 1865, appearing weekly until June 24th. The poet was perhaps a little slow to anticipate the end of the war – the last battle was fought on May 13th, though its end was not formally proclaimed until August 1866. - RM