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Notebook, poems 1930s, 1930 - 1939 (circa)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9724/1/5

Scope and Contents

Notebook, in two sections. Section with decorated title-page 'Poems' contains miscellaneous poems mainly 1930s, with some printed poems pasted in, and a list of poems. Section with coloured title-page 'Ruminations' contains poems dated 1934-1938. Contents: 'Poems' section: /1r-9v; contains: Title-page 'Poems' with watercolour decoration: /1r. Poems: - 'Brevities', with revisions: /2r. - 'Eyes', with revision: /3r. - 'Acceptance', with revisions: /3r. - 'November Dusk', with revisions: /4v-5r. - 'Two Old Ladies', with revisions: /5r. - 'Thoughts in 1932', with revision: /5v. - 'Thoughts in 1938', previously called 'A Mood in 1938' and 'On Salisbury Plain'; with revisions: /6r. - 'A Detached Notion' (partly excised): /6r. - 'On a Dull Silent Man' (two lines): /6r. Pasted-in press cuttings of published poems by Sassoon: /3v. 'Antiquities', published as 'Museum Piece', with revisions in ink by Sassoon; /3v. 'Property'; /3v. 'Ideologies'; / 4r. 'Metamorphosis'; /4r. 'Prehistoric Burials', with revisions in ink by Sassoon. List of 'Non-lyrical Poems': /8r. 'Ruminations' section: /10r-22v. Contains: Title-page 'Ruminations' with watercolour decoration, marked 'J. Fuddlehead del. 1935': /10r. Poems: - 'Alarums', with revision: /11r. - 'Political Plethora', with revisions: /11r. - 'Familiar Spirits', with revisions: /11v. - 'Heart and Soul', with revisions: /11v. - 'On Edington Hill', with revisions: /12r. - '878-1935', with revisions (excised): /12r. - 'Eulogy of my House', previously called 'Eulogy of Heytesbury House'; with revisions: /12v. - 'In Heytesbury Wood', with revisions: /13r. - 'A Family Tree' (excised): /14r. - 'A Pilgrim's Progress' (excised): /14r. - 'Possibly a Poem', previously called 'Perhaps a Poem' (excised): /15r. - 'A Trio of Matthews' (excised): /15r. - unfinished draft, begins 'When life anointed' (excised): /15v. - 'Memorandum', previously called 'Large Ideas'; with revisions (excised): /16r. - 'Rhapsodic Revelations', with revisions (excised): /16r. - 'A Quiet Conspectus', with revisions (excised): /16v. - 'Monosyllables', previously called 'Pendulum Poem'; with revisions: /17r. - 'Property', with revisions (excised): /17r. - 'Ideologies', with revisions: /17v. - 'Honours' (excised): /17v. - 'Mind Meteorology' (excised): /18r. - 'Ultimatum' (excised): /18r. - 'Tragi-tones', with revisions: /17v-18r. - 'A Prayer from 1936', with corrections: /18v. - 'Asking for It': /18v. - 'Silver Jubilee Celebration', with revisions: /19r. - 'Midsummer Eve', previously called 'A Message for Time, Man to his Master', with revisions: /19v. - 'Old World to New', previously called '4000 A.D.'; with revisions: /19v. - 'Wealth of Awareness', with revisions (excised): /20r. - 'Behold I show you a mystery…' (excised): /20r. - 'T.E.L.' [T.E. Lawrence]: /20r. - 'Outlived by Trees', with revisions: /20v. - 'Earth and Heaven': /20v. - 'The Heaven of our Hearts [to H.R.L.S.]', printed poem pasted in, with additions in ink: /20v. - 'To my Son', with revisions: /21r. - 'Meeting and Parting': /21r. - 'A Blessing': /21r. - 'A Remembered Queen', previously called 'Queen Matilda', with revisions: /21v. - 'Childhood's Eden', with revision: /22r. - 'A Second Birthday': /22r. NB. Enclosures are housed separately. Foliation is the archivist's.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1939 (circa)


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1 collection (1 volume (22 ff.) & 1 folder notebook with floral printed covers; folio /2 partly removed; folios wholly removed between ff. /7-8 & /11-12)

Language of Materials



Former reference MS Add.9454/1/5 and MS Add.9724/1/5

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