HAWBUCK ON THE HARVEST.
Title:Hawbuck on the Harvest
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:22nd August 1863
This poem by anonymous author is in the voice of a ‘Hawbuck’, an archaic term referring to a country bumpkin. The diction is parodic rather than authentically country dialect, and perhaps owes something to William Barnes’s Dorset dialect poems popular in the previous generations. The interesting thing here is how this poem depicts times of plenty in other parts of the country, in this case a successful agricultural harvest, being seen as an opportunity to provide relief for the Lancashire Cotton Famine. This gives an indication of the strength of feeling and sympathy across the UK for the sufferers of the effects of the famine, and the kinds of efforts which were being marshalled to mitigate against those effects. – SR