The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

British Poems on the Uprising

British poems on the uprising

DURING 1857, a number of poems appeared in the British press. They were the outpourings of stunned grief-stricken people, and many cried for vengeance. A selection of these, apparently, spontaneously written works are given below. The first poem appeared in The Times in early September 1857, and the second in a collection of essays and poems published in 1862 by J.A. Leatherland. It was written at dawn on 30 September 1857, following the receipt in Britain of ‘Intelligence of the cruelties inflicted upon the English by Nana Sahib and other conspirators, … causing a general shudder throughout Britain.’ The third poem, in its thirst for vengeance, is typical of many opinions expressed at the time. ...

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