Collected Poems, 1925-1948

Collected Poems, 1925-1948

Collected Poems, 1925-1948

Collected Poems, 1925-1948

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This collection includes the bulk of my published verse. While resisting the temptation to 'collect' only what I most admire I have omitted certain poems which I now dislike or which overlap others that I have kept; two or three, however, have been kept mainly at the request of my friends. There are a few poems here which have not appeared in my previous volumes while in Section II I have reprinted a dozen poems from Blind Fireworks which might be called juvenilia. The arrangement of this collection should be clear from the Table of Contents; I thought it best to separate the shorter pieces from the longer while Autumn Journal falls naturally and not only on chronological grounds in the middle. Within each group the order of poems is not necessarily chronological. The earliest poem here is Genesis (summer, 1925) and the latest, excepting the dedicatory sestina, The Window (October, 1948). I have included no translations.

In preparing this book for the press I have also resisted the temptation to make many revisions, since I feel that after three or four years from the date of writing a poet should leave even not-so-well alone. Within that time limit I have to some extent revised; outside it I have merely altered titles where the original titles were makeshift and made a couple of word changes for the sake of factual accuracy; I have also cut three lines from the early poem Breaking Webs.

The books in which these poems have previously appeared are the following: Poems (1935), Out of the Picture (1937), Letters from Iceland (1937), The Earth Compels (1938), Autumn Journal (1939), Plant and Phantom (1941), Springboard (1944), Holes in the Sky (1948)--all published by Faber and Faber--and Blind Fireworks (1929) published by Victor Gollancz. Of the poems written since Holes in the Sky, The North Sea and Mahabalipuram have appeared in The New Statesman and Nation.

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