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51472: Notebook Containing Drafts of 66 Poems

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A notebook signed and dated from 25 June 1915 to 24th December 1916. 71 folios, 4 folios with notes on the reverse, 1 cover leaf. Hand written in black ink with very few corrections. Few poems with titles but correlate to poems 72 - 143 in The Collected Poems. Blank from f. 72 except as noted above. |

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The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after it's first line. The poem is no. 76 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Words' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems, Written on the road from Gloucester to Coventry.
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Word' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Under the Wood' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Haymaking' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
Second page of the poem. This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Haymaking' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'A Dream' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Brook' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Aspens' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Mill-Water' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but labeled 'For These [Prayer]' in Thomas, 'Edward Thomas Collected Poems' and 'For These' in Longley, 'Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems'.
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Digging' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Two Houses' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Cock-Crow' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems

This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'There's Nothing like the Sun' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Liberty' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written 'Going home from Hare Hall.'
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line. It is no. 93 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
Written traveling home from Hare Hall
Written 'Coming home from Hare Hall'
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line. It is no. 99 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line by Thomas, in 'Edward Thomas Collected Poems' [100] and 'Those things that poets said' by Longley, in 'Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems'.
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line. It is no. 101 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written 'Going home on sick leave.'
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Thaw' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written 'Going home.'
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Bronwen' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Merfyn' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Myfanwy' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Helen' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line. It is no. 115 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written 'Going home from Hare Hall.'
Typescript. The manuscript is untitled and is named as 'The Wind's Song' in 'Edward Thomas Collected Poems' [110].
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'When we 2 walked' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Tall Nettles' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'It Rains' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Cherry Trees' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
The text contains two lines from John Webster's 'The White Devil' published 1612
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Some eyes condemn' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The sun used to shine' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line. It is no.120 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This poem reflects Edward Thomas' decision to give up his job as a map reading instructor and to apply for a commission with the possibility of a posting to France. His concern was the financial plight of his family, and he was hoping for a Civil List Pension. He was granted the lump some of £300 in June 1916 instead. The manuscript is untitled but is labeled 'As the team's head-brass' in 'Edward Thomas Collected Poems'.
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'After you speak' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written 'Going home'.
The poem does not have a title and is named here after its first line. The poem is no. 124 in Edward Thomas: Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Pond' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'It was upon' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Bob's Lane' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line. It is no. 127 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Green Roads in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Gallows in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Gallows' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
The final stanza probably reflects Edward Thomas' feelings after visiting his parents in London. Soon afterwards his mother had an eye operation. Written at a firing camp in Wiltshire to which Thomas had been moved. The manuscript is untitled and is labeled 'Dark is the forest and deep, and overhead' in Thomas 'Edward Thomas Collected Poems' and 'The Dark Forest by Longley 'Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems'.
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'When he should laugh' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written 'Going home to Steep.'
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Swifts' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written in the hospital at Hare Hall.
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'Blenheim Oranges' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written at Handel Street, London, where Thomas was posted at the Royal Artillery School.
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line. It is no. 135 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written at Handel Street, London, where Thomas was posted at the Royal Artillery School.
Refers to Edward Thomas' last visit to Steep before moving his family to Essex. The manuscript is untitled but is labeled 'What will they do when I am gone? It is entitled 'What will they do when I am gone?' It is plain' in 'Edward Thomas Collected Poems' [136] after it's first line, and 'What will they do?' in Longley, 'Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems'.
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Trumpet' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
Lies between f.66 and f.67 of MS Don d.28
The manuscript does not have a title and is named by Thomas, 'Edward Thomas: Collected Poems' [138] after its first line ('He rolls in the orchard: He is stained with moss') and as 'The Child in the Orchard' by Longley, 'Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems'.
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line. It is no. 140 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
This manuscript is untitled but entitled 'The Sheiling' in Edward Thomas Collected Poems. Written whilst traveling back from a visit to Gordon Bottomley.
The manuscript does not have a title and is named after its first line by Thomas in 'Edward Thomas Collected Poems' and as 'The Lane' by Longley in 'Edward Thomas: The Collected Annotated Poems'.
The manuscript does not have a title and is named here after its first line. It is no.143 in Edward Thomas Collected Poems
Signed Edward Thomas/Steep/Petersfield/11.15
Possibly not in Thomas' hand.

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Subject

Allied Forces | Somme | Transport

Creator

Thomas, Edward (1878-1917)

Date

25th June 1915 - 24th December 1916 | 25th June, 1915 26th June 1915 - 28th June 1915 5th July 1915 6th July 1915 - 8th July 1915 Unknown 7th July 1915 - 8th July 1915 10th July 1915 11th July 1915 12th July 1915 13th July 1915 - 14th July 1915 22nd July 1915 23rd July 1915 15th October 1915 - 16th October 1915 18th October 1915 - 19th October 1915 26th November 1915 Nov-15 26th December 1915 7th January 1916 15th January 1916 22nd January 1916 4th February 1915 - 9th February 1915 7th February 1916 - 8th February 1916 8th February 1916 9th February 1916 11th February 1916 14th February 1916 4th March 1916 7th October - 10th October 1916 10th March 1916 6th April 1916 7th April 1916 8th April 1916 9th April 1916 5th May 1916 30th April 1916 1st May 1916 11th May 1915 - 13th May 1916 7th May 1915 - 8th May 1916 13th May 1916 - 14th May 1916 22nd May 1916 27th May 1916 3rd June 1916 8th June 1916 - 11th June 1916 4th June 1916 - 5th June 1916 21st June 1916 22nd June 1916 23rd June 1916 28th June 1916 3rd July 1916 - 4th July 1916 1st July 1916 - 10th July 1916 15th July 1916 10th August 1916 3rd September 1916 10th September 1916 15th September 1916 26th September 1916 - 28th September 1916 Oct-16 Nov-16 23rd November 1916 24th December 1916 Jun-15

Date Created

25/06/1915 | 26/06/1915 05/07/1915 06/07/1915 07/07/1915 10/07/1915 11/07/1915 12/07/1915 13/07/1915 22/07/1915 23/07/1915 15/10/1915 18/10/1915 26/11/1915 01/11/1915 26/12/1915 07/01/1916 15/01/1916 22/01/1916 04/02/1916 07/02/1916 08/02/1916 09/02/1916 11/02/1916 14/02/1916 04/03/1916 07/03/1916 10/03/1916 06/04/1916 07/04/1916 08/04/1916 09/04/1916 05/05/1916 30/04/1916 01/05/1916 11/05/1916 07/05/1916 13/05/1916 22/05/1916 25/05/1916 27/05/1916 03/06/1916 08/06/1916 04/06/1916 21/06/1916 22/06/1916 23/06/1916 28/06/1916 03/07/1916 01/07/1916 15/07/1916 10/08/1916 03/09/1916 10/09/1916 15/09/1916 26/09/1916 01/10/1916 01/11/1916 23/11/1916 24/12/1916 01/06/1915

Temporal Date

24/12/1916 | 28/06/1915 08/07/1915 14/07/1915 16/10/1915 19/10/1915 09/02/1916 08/02/1916 10/03/1916 13/05/1916 08/05/1916 14/05/1916 26/05/1916 11/06/1916 05/06/1916 04/07/1916 19/07/1916 28/09/1916 31/10/1916 30/11/1916 30/06/1915

Spatial

England | Hucclecote, England Steep, England Steep, England? Unknown London High Beach, England Hare Hall, Romford, England England Little Warley and Hare Hall, Romford, England Selsfield, England London, England Trowbridge, England Silverdale, England?

Source

Notebook

Medium

Paper

Format

Pen | Pen

Type

Poem | Poem Play Miscellaneous Prose Letter

Pages

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78

Number of Pages

78

Contributor

Everett Sharp

Rights

Copyright of The Bodleian Library, Oxford University / The Edward Thomas Literary Estate

Collection ID

MS Don d.28 f.1 | MS Don d.28 f.2 | MS Don d.28 f.3 | MS Don d.28 f.4 | MS Don d.28 f.5 | MS Don d.28 f.6 | MS Don d.28 f.7 | MS Don d.28 f.8 | MS Don d.28 f.9 | MS Don d.28 f.10 | MS Don d.28 f.11 | MS Don d.28 f.12 | MS Don d.28 f.13 | MS Don d.28 f.14 | MS Don d.28 f.15 | MS Don d.28 f.16 | MS Don d.28 f.17 | MS Don d.28 f.18 | MS Don d.28 f.19 | MS Don d.28 f.20 | MS Don d.28 f.21 | MS Don d.28 f.22 | MS Don d.28 f.23 | MS Don d.28 f.24 | MS Don d.28 f.25 | MS Don d.28 f.26 | MS Don d.28 f.27 | MS Don d.28 f.28 | MS Don d.28 f.29 | MS Don d.28 f.30 | MS Don d.28 f.31 | MS Don d.28 f.32 | MS Don d.28 f.33 | MS Don d.28 f.34 | MS Don d.28 f.35 | MS Don d.28 f.36 | MS Don d.28 f.37 | MS Don d.28 f.38 | MS Don d.28 f.39 | MS Don d.28 f.40 | MS Don d.28 f.41 | MS Don d.28 f.42 | MS Don d.28 f.43 | MS Don d.28 f.44 | MS Don d.28 f.45 | MS Don d.28 f.46 | MS Don d.28 f.47 | MS Don d.28 f.48 | MS Don d.28 f.49 | MS Don d.28 f.50 | MS Don d.28 f.51 | MS Don d.28 f.52 | MS Don d.28 f.53 | MS Don d.28 f.54 | MS Don d.28 f.55 | MS Don d.28 f.56 | MS Don d.28 f.57 | MS Don d.28 f.58 | MS Don d.28 f.59 | MS Don d.28 f.60 | MS Don d.28 f.61 | MS Don d.28 f.62 | MS Don d.28 f.63 | MS Don d.28 f.64 | MS Don d.28 f.65 | MS Don d.28 f.66 | MS Don d.28 f.67 | MS Don d.28 f.68 | MS Don d.28 f.69 | MS Don d.28 f.70 | MS Don d.28 f.71 | MS Don d.28 f.72 | MS Don d.28 f.73 | MS Don d.28 f.74 | MS Don d.28 f.94v | MS Don d.28 f.125v

Repository Name

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Repository Address

Western Manuscripts Collections, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG, UK

Publisher

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive