William Morris became famous for his textile and wallpaper designs, but he was also an accomplished poet, writer and committed socialist. During the last decades of his life, after he had crossed the 'river of fire' to become a revolutionary activist, he wrote poetry as chants, to be set to music for a movement to change the world. Although poetry was a small part of Morris's enormous written output during his last years, it is integral to understanding his commitment to change.


In his introduction Michael Rosen sets Morris's socialist poetry in the tradition of protest writing and examines how it related to the language and ideas of late Victorian Britain. This volume includes work that has not been published since first appearing as propaganda in The Commonweal, the paper of Morris' Socialist League. 



ISBN: 978 1 909026 05 6

Poems of Protest by William Morris