ONLY A BABY’S GRAVE.
Title:Only a Baby's Grave
Publication:The Bolton Chronicle
Date:30th April 1864
The huge spike in infant mortality during the Lancashire Cotton Famine saw the publication of several poems in this genre. Appealing to readers’ sympathies through the relating of the effects of poverty on children was common throughout the Victorian period. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s 1843 poem ‘The Cry of the Children’ went a long way towards influencing legislation cutting working hours for children in industry. However, the particular context of the Cotton Famine make this poem especially poignant. – SR