1] First published under the title "The Struggle" in an American art journal, The Crayon, August 1855. The poem appeared without a title in the 1862 volume, and again, with the title "Say Not the Struggle Nought Availeth," in The Poems and Prose Remains of Arthur Hugh Clough, 1869. Although the meaning of the poem is not limited by any topical significance, Clough probably had in mind especially the liberals who were disappointed by the failure of revolutionary movements in France and Italy in 1848 and 1849.
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Original text: The Crayon (August 1855). Ed. W. J. Stillman and John Dursand (New York: AMS Press, 1970). N 1 C9 ROBA. The standard recent edition of Clough's poetry is The Poems of Arthur Hugh Clough, edited by H. F. Lowry, A. L. P. Norrington and F. L. Mulhauser (Oxford, 1951).
First publication date: August 1855
RPO poem editor: Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RP edition: 3RP 3.195.
Recent editing: 4:2002/1/30
Form: Long Hymnal Measure
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