Papers for two selections of poems evidently prepared for publication, as o ... 

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Papers for two selections of poems evidently prepared for publication, as one set of typewritten poems is foliated in pencil and both are prefaced by contents lists. Some of the poems appear in both selections.

Contents:

The first collection has contents leaves and is foliated by Lee, although the foliation does not correspond to the order of the poems on the contents pages and some of the poems are missing. It comprises, as recorded by Lee, the following poems with untitled poems identified by their opening lines enclosed in quotation marks:

1. Guadalquivir. Published in Sunday Referee, 1936, and in The Sun my monument.

2. Peasant morning.

3. Promise. Also untitled in Add. 88936/1/3 and below as 'Carry me through noon'.

4. Commotion in Castille.

5. Words muttered in sleep. Published as 'Words asleep' in Horizon, vol. 1, no. 5 (May 1940), and in The Sun my monument.

6. Anniversary.

7. They moved with certainty …

8. White.

9. Shore song.

10. Alegría Barbárica.

11. Words without music.

12. Autumn awaiting.

13. 'We had little will'…

14. Song in August.

15. 'If a hanging guitar is stirred by the wind'… Text bears title 'First song to the new beloved'

16. 'There is a drought in my mouth'…

17. 'I think at night my hands are mad'… Text missing here but present as 'Nocturne to a woman' in the second collection. Published as 'At night' in Poets of Tomorrow, no. 3 (1942) and in The Sun my monument.

18. Picture the poet.

19. A moment of war. Published in Horizon, vol. 1, no. 4 (Apr. 1940), and in The Sun my monument.

20. Song to a drowned girl.

21. Song (As long as there be trees).

22. To Helen.

23. 'Leaves fall on the earth'…

24. Song. ('Oh trees if weep you must'…)

25. Dusk on the common.

26. Call it a day.

27. Poem in precision. No text in this foliated sequence, but typewritten copy and proof sheet from an unknown periodical in the papers for the collection.

28. Themes from a spring evening.

29. Seagull.

30. Ten psalms of sight.

31. 'Ah well, I think, even the chestnuts are breaking'…

32. The thirty moons of September.

33. To the Lady of the heath.

34. Life.

35. Putney Bridge in February.

36. Rendezvous.

37. The child's cry of the daisies.

38. Climax.

39. 'You may come and bring cupped hands of flowers'…

40. 'Follow the river'…

41. 'This is the wasting girl' …

42. I want …

43. Christ.

44. Dominion.

45. Cinema.

Typewritten versions of several of the poems in this selection apart from those in the foliated collection.

The second collection, including many poems from the previous collection, has a contents leaf (unnumbered) and comprises:

1. Words asleep

2. Poem. Carry me through noon.

3. Music in a Spanish town. Published in Folios of New Writing, no. 2 (Autumn 1940), and in The Sun my monument.

4. Shore song.

5. Guadalquivir.

6. Poema de mujer.

7. Picture the poet.

8. Song in August.

9. Nocturne to a woman.

10. Song of a lover in arms.

11. Tongues of exile.

12. The moon is obsessed … Two versions.

13. We are finished. Two versions.

14. Poem in Attika. Two copies.

15. Poem. The March sky swells. Three versions.

16. Spring mother and child. Two versions.

17. Do not be too brave. Four versions.

18. Composition. Four versions.

19. Landscape and gestation. Published as 'Landscape' in Poets of Tomorrow, no. 3 (1942) and The Sun my monument.

20. A night of midsummer. Published as 'Song in midsummer' in New Writing, new series, no. 3 (1939) and The Sun my monument.

21. Song in August II.

22. Feathers and leaves in dawns of obsession. Two versions.

23. Song in an empty square. Four versions. Published as 'Parting' in The Sun my monument.

24. Winter 1939-1940. Published in Folios of New Writing, no. 2 (Autumn 1940), and in The Sun my monument.

25. Poem in September. No text in this collection.

26. Song in a village. Two versions. Published as 'Juniper 'in Folios of New Writing, no. 3 (Spring 1941).

27. Poem. The evening the heather. Published as 'Poem – invasion summer' in Horizon, vol.1, no. 7 (July 1940) and in Poets ofTomorrow, no. 3 (1942), and in The Sun my monument.

28. Poem of limited freedom.

29. Poem of spring and war. No text in this collection. Published in The Sun my monument.

30. Poem. When each night your profound summer. Three versions.

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