What is the Truth? A Farmyard Fable for the Young

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 58 Add MS 88918/1/59-61
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000000047.0x000118
  • Dates of Creation
      21 Jul 1983-21 Mar 1984
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      3 folders and packages

Scope and Content

Partly printed, partly typewritten and autograph. What is the Truth? consists of a series of untitled poems connected by a narrative. Material includes three printed proofs with autograph annotations and revisions of the content and layout of the poetry and prose. The proofs are dated 12th July 1983, 18th August 1983 and 21st March 1984. Drafts of a piece in which Hughes explains how he came to write What is the Truth?, The Cat and the Cuckoo and the Collected Animal Poems and photocopies of seven pages from What is the Truth? are also included.


Originally found in a cardboard box containing proofs of different works

Access Information


Not Public Record(s)

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

1 folder and 2 oversize items


The poems about the hen, bullfinch and treecreeper were previously published in A Primer of Birds (1981).