title of this poem means, "An eye for an
eye" This was the law of the Old Testament
(Exodus 21:23-25). The poem is about two kings;
a good ruler and a bad one. The bad king's name
is King Mob. This king over takes the good one,
named King Order. King Mob kills King Order
and takes over the kingdom. Then one day a Famine
comes through the kingdom killing King Mob,
and thus the Lex Talionis is fulfilled. In the
poem Fenerty capitalizes Famine. He does this
in the same respect he uses the work Mob and
Order metaphorically. This suggests that the
Famine was an entity of good exorcising the
bad; this Famine, in comparison to Order, did
onto Mob what Mob did onto Order.
difficult to say when the poem was written.
The poem is being used allegorically to describe
events that could have happened at any time
(since this analogy carries a common theme).
The poem is political in nature and has nothing
to do with any biblical story. It might have
been a response to the wide unrest of the 1840s,
especially 1848 when huge riots broke out in
France, Germany, and Austria in particular.
it looks like a reactionary poem based on the
fear of a poor peoples’ revolution in
England similar to the one which had happened
in France in the late 1700’s. The French
revolution led to the reign of Napoleon and
the wars in Europe which followed were in a
sense wars over forms of government, aristocracy
vs. republic. That affected all of Europe –
Spain became one of the first battlefields of
that conflict once England joined the fight
on the continent. And naturally, all of that
had ripples in the new world as well.