THE LITTLE SISTER’S GRAVE.
Title:The Little Sister's Grave
Author:The Hon. A. Annesley
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:March 15th 1862
This poem republished from Family Friend, by the Hon. A. Annersley, is a typically Victorian sentimental poem, evoking children’s vulnerability, innocence, and purity. However, published in the context of the Cotton famine, with its huge attendant rise in infant mortality, it is given extra relevance and poignancy. The poem’s imagery utilises the Victorian language of flowers in its figuring of the lily, which is symbolic not just of purity, as mentioned in the poem, but also of death. It is also not clear whether the repeated adjective ‘poor’, when referring to the deceased child, is a reference to economic status. – SR