Manuscript poems

Scope and Content

Manuscript poems by Morgan which were kept in a folder of their own. While they include versions of poems 1-30 from the New divan sequence and the 'Theatre Poems' from that volume, a number of them were not published in the collection and the poems here were not used as printer's copy. The collection accumulated over time; Morgan was sending Schmidt poems during 1974-1976 for possible inclusion, and not all of them were ultimately selected (see Morgan's correspondence file at CPA/2/1/51 for more detailed information). This folder also contains some poems which were originally intended for publication in From Glasgow to Saturn but which were omitted from this collection - notably the Instamatic Poems. The poems are in the form of ribbon, carbon and photocopied typescript, and some of them are signed by Morgan. They are as follows:

  • 1 'The Hand'
  • 2 'The Rock'
  • 3 'By the Preaching of the Word'
  • 4 'Warning Poem'
  • 5 'Vico's Song'
  • 6 'Instamatic Brisbane November 1972'
  • 7 'Instamatic New York 1971'
  • 8 'Instamatic Calne Wiltshire March 1971'
  • 9 'Instamatic Glasgow October 1972'
  • 10 'Instamatic Darmstadt September 1972'
  • 11 'Instamatic London August 1972'
  • 12 'Instamatic Andes Mountains December 1972'
  • 13 'Instamatic London February 1973'
  • 14 'Instamatic Dona Ema Brazil April 1972'
  • 15 'Instamatic Sydney Australia September 1973'
  • 16 'Instamatic London October 1973'
  • 17 'Instamatic Italy Undated Reported November 1972'
  • 18 'Instamatic Venice September 1972'
  • 19 'Instamatic London July 1972'
  • 20 'Instamatic Udal North Uist 1972'
  • 21 'Instamatic Walt Disney World Florida October 1972'
  • 22 'Instamatic London November 1972'
  • 23 'Instamatic Reykjavik July 1972'
  • 24 'Instamatic Stoke-On-Trent January 1973'
  • 25 'Instamatic The Moon February 1973'
  • 26 Ten Theatre Poems (title page)
  • 27 'The Drum'
  • 28 'The Chorus'
  • 29 'The Mask'
  • 30 'The Fan'
  • 31 'The Skomorokh'
  • 32 'The Shadow'
  • 33 'The Soliloquy'
  • 34 'The Codpiece'
  • 35 'The Hanamichi'
  • 36 'The Spirit of Theatre'
  • 37-48 Poems 1-30 from the New divan sequence
  • 49 'The Han Princes'
  • 50 'The Round'
  • 51-52 Notes from Edwin Morgan, sent to Schmidt as covering letters for poems submitted.