THOSE WHO HAVE MONEY AND THOSE WHO HAVE NOT.
Title:Those Who Have Money and Those Who Have Not – Money King and Other Poems
Publication:The Blackburn Times
Date:February 2nd 1861
This anonymous radical poem relating the inequalities of British society is remarkable in the breadth of its attack of the religious, legal, and medical professions for their avarice and neglect of the poor. Published just before the Cotton Famine, it is an example of the type of poem published less and less frequently as the crisis progressed, for fear of stoking social unrest during times of economic hardship and perceived political instability. Although some angry satires were published during the Distress, they tended to be more metaphorical and less direct than this, suggesting that editorial policy at least considered poetry to have a possible effect on the opinions of a newspaper’s readers. – SR S