Unpublished poems with titles. Arranged in alphabetical order of their fina ... 

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      GB 58 Add MS 88936/1/21
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000001245.0x000048
  • Dates of Creation
      1943-1988, nd
  • Language of Material
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      1 folder

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Unpublished poems with titles. Arranged in alphabetical order of their final title with untitled poems and fragments alphabetically by first line at the end. Autograph, typewritten and typewritten copies, with autograph amendments.


1. 'ARP'.

2. 'Bilana: black marigolds (A free interpretation of the Chauraspasika)'.

3. 'The Black manna'. See also a version in the notebook for 'The Voyage of Magellan', at Add MS 88936/3/2.

4. 'Blackthorn'.

5. 'A Calendar'.

6. 'Carol'.

7. 'City winter'.

8. 'Cold flames and bone grey flowers'.

9. 'Cuenca'.

10. 'Delight in war', also entitled 'The taste of war'.

11. 'Departure'.

12. 'Dream'.

13. 'The Enemy'.

14. 'An English gentleman on Liguria's shore'.

15. 'The Escape', also entitled 'Survivors'.

16. 'Estrangement'.

17. 'Fever'.

18. 'Fifty pieces of word for Hazel & Ronald'.

19. 'Fire on London'.

20. 'The Fireflies'.

21. 'First Communion'. Subtitled Formentara or Ibiza.

22. 'First frost'.

23. 'First thoughts in an air raid, also entitled 'Song in an air raid'.

24. 'Forget China'.

25. 'Girl on the shore'.

26. Translations of 'Go on pacing, condemned' by Miklós Radnóti and 'Ildikó' by Mihály Babits, and the anonymous poem 'When Rakoczi went to Poland' made from literal translations from the Hungarian into English sent to Lee for re-working by Thomas Kabdebo, whose letter to Lee is attached. Kabdebo also sent a literal translation of the anonymous poem 'Song of a Kurug refugee' which Lee did not translate. The anthology referred to in the letterhead of Kabdebo's letter was not published until 1976 and did not include Lee's work.

27. 'The Heir'.

28. 'Hot evening'.

29. 'Il Castelletto Portofino'. See also a version in the notebook for 'I call me Adam'.

30. 'Leda'.

31. 'Lesson for Harvest Festival'.

32. 'Love's year'.

33. 'Madrigal on the Isis'. Rejected by The New Yorker.

34. 'The medal'.

35. 'Moon and almond'.

36. 'Moon climb'.

37. 'Moon rest' and other linked poems.

38. 'Morning', also entitled 'Age of morning'.

39. 'Morning knives of harvest' also entitled 'Harvest morning'.

40. Narrative for Red Army Day, 1944 . Written for celebrations of the Red Army at the Royal Albert Hall, 23 Feb. 1944. See also Add MS 88936/2/10 and Add MS 88936/6/8.

41. 'Nativity'. Also entitled 'Twelfth night poem II'.

42. 'New year, 1946'.

43. 'Nightmare'.

44. 'On the return of the lamps'.

45. 'Parting'.

46. 'Pastoral'.

47. 'Pembroke evening, July 1951'.

48. 'Pembroke-Newport line'.

49. 'Plain of ravens'. A fragment.

50. 'Poem from underground', also entitled 'Change of heart'.

51. 'Rare'.

52. 'Rest'.

53. 'Roundabout'.

54. 'Salt song', also entitled 'Starfish'.

55. 'Saturday night'.

56. 'A Second sight'.

57. 'Sevilla'. A fragment.

58. 'Shifting fable'.

59. 'The Sky'.

60. 'Sleep-dream now takes over'.

61. 'Song'.

62. 'Song for Jay', with a pencilled score for a musical setting, there entitled 'Jay's song'.

63. 'Song for rain'.

64. 'Song in an empty square'.

65. 'Sonnet'.

66. 'Sonnet for socialists'.

67. 'The Storm'.

68. 'Three poems of division': 'Meeting closed', 'The Seeth of difference', and a poem later entitled 'On Beacon Hill' and included in Selected poems, see also Add. 88936/1/12.

69. 'Time returning'.

70. 'To a child'.

71. 'To a fair parachutist'. A fragment.

72. 'To a wise virgin', also entitled 'Entreaty to a girl'.

73. 'To Geraldine'.

74. 'To Mia'.

75. 'To Mother'.

76. 'Twelfth Night', also entitled '12th Night poem (No. 3)' and 'Poem for Twelfth Night'.

77. 'Two impromptus'. The second, 'Grief' was published in Penguin new writing, no. 23 (1945), see also Add MS 88936/1/20.

78. 'Two poems from the ground: Firefly, and The Autumnal machine'.

79. 'The Walk to the arsenal'.

80. 'Walking crow'.

81. 'A wall of sparrows'.

82. 'Week end'.

83. 'West wind'.

84. 'When birds do sing'.

85. 'Winter evening'.

86. 'Word to a bomber'.

87. 'World's end'.

88. 'A Youth in arms'.

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