Twelve Lines on Prosperity and Adversity.
Title:Twelve Lines on Prosperity and Adversity.
Publication:North Cheshire Herald
Date:August 22nd 1863
Advising frugality in times of financial pressure, this poem must have been read by some with a degree of bitterness, especially if they had been made unemployed or put on short time contracts by the effect of the Cotton Famine. However, as one would expect, the widespread regional economic distress prevalent at this time brought out many ideological and religious vested interests, and their opinions expressed in newspaper poetry provide a particular window onto the kinds of social discourse in evidence during the period. As well as advice on financial conservatism the Cotton Famine gave a significant boost to the Temperance movement in the region, and as so often when the poor are suffering through no fault of their own, moral advice from some quarters is accompanied by implicit blame. – SR