BE DOUBTFUL-HEARTED NEVER.
BY SHELDON CHADWICK.
Title:Be Doubtful-Hearted Never
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:18th October 1862
This highly metaphorical poem by Sheldon Chadwick calls for optimism and for motivation to labour to make the world a better place. It seems to be aimed at the better off, and calls for them to reflect on the poor. Although the poems register sounds religious, it is actually quite secular, calling for a paradise on earth with a notable idealism. The sense of agency it confers on the prospective reader may be aspirational, but it follows familiar tropes of Victorian poetry, and poetry published specifically in the region during the Cotton Famine, that seeks to inspire individuals to remain resolute in the face of adversity. – SR