Autograph Manuscript: 'Nonsence' ['Verse' partially visible]

Scope and Content

Revised nonsense poems. Drawing pasted to cover depicts artist at his easel. Includes doodles of heads, figures and animals. Notes [perhaps for a play] about an old man on inside back cover. Undated [but Maeve Gilmore suggests that 'The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb' was written on Sark, where the family lived from 1946-1949, see Maeve Gilmore, 'A World Away' in Mervyn Peake: Two Lives (London: Vintage, 1999), p.146].

Includes poems:

  • 'The tinkling of your face' [later entitled 'Tintinnabulum'];
  • 'The Hideous Root';
  • 'Come[?] out you zephyrs';
  • 'Hold Fast';
  • 'The trouble with geraniums';
  • ['The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb'];
  • 'White mules at prayer! Ignore them. Turn to me';
  • 'The threads remain';
  • 'The Men in Bowler Hats are Sweet!'.

Conditions Governing Access


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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Materials: hard-bound volume.

Dimensions: 317mm x 200mm.

Foliation: ff.36.

Condition: conserved by the Bodleian Library prior to acquisition by the British Library (paper repairs and custom-made hard-cover case). Case entitled 'Nonsense II'.