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'Three Poems - The Tasking', 1947-1955 (circa)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/6/8

Scope and Contents

Notebook comprising fair copies and revised drafts of poems, many of which were to be published in 'The Tasking' (1954), with one later addition dated 1955. It is inscribed on the upper cover 'Three Poems - The Tasking', with a watercolour illustration inside the front cover of a figure bent over a candle. Three later poems are also enclosed ('Deliverance', 'Serene Unselfdom' and 'Beyond') along with related items.

The poems include:

- 'The Tasking', Dec. 1952: /2r. - 'Retreat from Eternity', Dec. 1952: /2r. - 'The Visitant', Dec. 1953: /2v. - 'The Unlit House', Nov. 1953: /2v. - 'The Attitude', Jan. 1954: /2v. - 'The Question', Dec. 1953: /3r. - 'The Making', Oct. 1953: /3r. - 'The Darkness', Jan. 1954: /3r. - 'The Contention', Dec. 1953: /3v. - 'Can it be?...', Dec. 1952: /3v. - 'The Trial', Jan. 1953: /4r. - 'Another Spring', Mar. 1952: /4r. - 'The Half Century', Dec. 1952: /4v. - 'The Welcoming', Mar. 1954: /4v. - 'A Reunion', Sep. 1952: /4v. - 'The Worst of It', Feb. 1952: /5r. - 'The Best of it', Feb. 1952: /5r. - 'The Notionalist', written between Feb. 1935 and Jan. 1950: /5v. - 'Not Guilty'', Feb. 1950: /5v. - 'The Deceiver', Oct. 1950: /6r. - 'Neighbours', Nov. 1952: /6r. - 'Reception', 1949: /6r. - 'Hypnagogic Images', 1947: /6v. - 'Modern Hymn', Jan. 1950: /6v. - 'The Offering', Oct. 1952: /7r. - 'The Influence', May 1952: /7r. - 'The Inventory', 1950: /7v. - 'Human Bondage', Sep. 1952: /7v. - 'An Epitome', Nov. 1952: /8r. - 'October Trees', Oct. 1953: /8r. - 'Sic Sedebat', Nov. 1953: /8v. - 'A Chord', Mar. 1952: /8v. - 'The Humbled Heart': /9r. - 'Prayer Unperfected', Feb. 1955: /9v. - List of contents: /11v.

Eight enclosures are to be found in separate envelopes. The foliation is the archivist's.


  • Creation: 1947-1955 (circa)


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1 volume(s) (11 ff.)

1 folder(s)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

On handmade paper, with hardback cover.


Many of these poems were published in Siegfried Sassoon, 'The Tasking' (Cambridge, 1954).

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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