"Let the nightingales alone" : correspondence columns, the Scottish press, and the making of the working-class poet

Blair, Kirstie (2014) "Let the nightingales alone" : correspondence columns, the Scottish press, and the making of the working-class poet. Victorian Periodicals Review, 47 (2). pp. 188-207. ISSN 1712-526X

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    Abstract

    This article examines the presence of poetry and poetic criticism in the correspondence columns of the mid-Victorian Scottish popular press. It argues that these columns are a major, unacknowledged resource in the working-class poetic tradition and that editorial advice helped to shape the form and content of newspaper poetry during this period. It also suggests that these columns fostered satirical as well as serious poetic production.