The Poems of Lascelles Abercrombie

The Poems of Lascelles Abercrombie

The Poems of Lascelles Abercrombie

The Poems of Lascelles Abercrombie

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This collection consists of the poems and plays contained in the following volumes: Interludes and Poems (1908), Emblems of Love (1912), and Deborah (1913), published by John Lane; Four Short Plays (1922), Phoenix (1923), and Twelve Idyls (1928), published by Martin Secker; and The Sale of Saint Thomas (1911) published by myself. I must express my gratitude to Messrs. John Lane (The Bodley Head) Ltd., and to Messrs. Martin Secker Ltd., for their kindness in allowing the collection to be made; and it is right that I should record my sense of the peculiar honour which its inclusion in this series confers. The invitation to collect these pieces for publication by the Oxford University Press was one which I could not but accept with the keenest pleasure; I allowed it to overbear a certain unwillingness to bring together poems which, to me, must chiefly represent unrealized ambition.

The plays have been grouped together at the end of the book, and the shorter poems at the beginning. For the rest, I have kept the chronological order of publication. This does not exactly correspond to the order in which the poems were composed; but the Interludes and the Idyls each form a set of experiments in a certain kind of writing, and Emblems of Love was meant to be taken as a single poem.

The distinction between poems and plays may perhaps seem somewhat notional, when the poems are in dramatic form and the plays are in blank verse. For me, however, the distinction is valid enough, though the nomenclature is a little confused; for, of course, to print a play in verse is to submit it to be read and judged like any other composi-

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