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Vernon Watkins Manuscripts,
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Ballad of the Deluge,

Autograph and typescript drafts, [1920s]-[1950s], by Vernon Watkins of a long, apparently unpublished poem entitled 'Ballad of the Deluge'.

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Ballad of the Fall of Sodom,

Autograph and typescript drafts, [1950s]-1966, of a long, apparently unpublished poem by Vernon Watkins entitled 'Ballad of the Fall of Sodom'.

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Correspondence and papers,

Some sixty-five letters, 1944-1967, to Vernon Watkins from various correspondents, who include Aneirin Talfan Davies (1) 1963, Winifred Ellerman (Bryher) (1) 1953, Constantine Fitzgibbon (7, copies of extracts) 1964-1965, Mervyn Levy (1) 1957, and Goronwy Rees (2) 1956; together with copies of three letters, 1965, from Vernon Watkins. Also included are typescript drafts, 1961-1967, by Vernon Watkins for various published and unpublished articles, mainly on aspects of literature, together with two calligraphic manuscripts by W. Emlyn Davies relating to Vernon Watkins.

Correspondence, A-G

Over a hundred letters, 1938-1968, to Vernon Watkins, with a few addressed to Mrs Gwen Watkins, from various correspondents (surnames A-G), including Douglas Cleverdon (14) 1958-1968, Cyril Connolly (1) 1947, T. S. Eliot (1 transcript) 1947, and Roy Fuller (1) 1967.

Correspondence, H-O

Some ninety-eight letters, 1939-1976, to Vernon Watkins, with a few addressed to Mrs Gwen Watkins, from various correspondents (surnames H-O), including Michael Hamburger (12, including two poems) 1949-1967, Alfred Janes (4) 1949-1967, Dr Daniel Jones (5) 1947-1970, Glyn Jones (1) 1945, Professor Gwyn Jones (3) 1939-1976, Ray Howard-Jones (1) 1966, and Roland Mathias (1) 1965.

Correspondence, P-R

Some eighty-two letters, 1937-1977, to Vernon Watkins, with a few addressed to Mrs Gwen Watkins, from various correspondents (surnames P-R), including Keidrych Rhys (22, with one copy letter from Vernon Watkins) 1937-1956, and Ceri Richards (26, together with six of Watkins's replies) [c. 1948]-1967.

Correspondence, S-W

Some ninety-three letters, 1939-1968, mostly to Vernon Watkins, with one to Dorothy Watkins, 1968, from various correspondents (surnames S-W), including Roberto Sanesi (3) 1957-1968, M. J. Tambimuttu (4) 1940-1964, and Grace Williams (12) 1965-1967, together with eight letters, 1950-1964, to various correspondents from Vernon Watkins, some being drafts or copies.

Diary,

Printed diary for 1966, containing a few notes of appointments from July onwards.

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Drafts for Ballad of the Mari Lwyd etc.,

Manuscript and typescript drafts by Vernon Watkins for poems in Ballad of the Mari Lwyd and other poems (1941), The lamp and the veil (1945), The lady with the unicorn (1948), The death bell: poems and ballads (1954), and Cypress and Acacia (1959).

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Early poems,

Exercise book containing drafts by Vernon Watkins of two long poems entitled 'Youth Confined: Extracts from an Unfinished Poem', chiefly composed in 1928, and 'Fragments for a Humorous Poem', both apparently unpublished.

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Early poems,

Miscellaneous autograph and typescript drafts, 1924-1930, of shorter, apparently unpublished poems by Vernon Watkins.

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Early poems,

Exercise book containing draft poems, 1927, apparently unpublished, composed by Vernon Watkins during a stay in Rome, some being related to those in NLW MSS 22444B and 22459E.

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Journal and poems,

Exercise book containing Vernon Watkins's journal of travels in Belgium and Germany in 1931, together with draft poems, 1931-1936, all apparently unpublished.

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Light verse and prose,

Autograph and typescript drafts, [c. 1944]-1967, of light verse, acrostics and poems for children by Vernon Watkins, composed 1925-1967 (ff. 1-85), together with drafts for published articles, lectures and radio talks, 1948-[1964] (f. 86-138).
Most of the verse (ff. 1, 3-28, 35-56, 58-68, 71-82) was published in Vernon Watkins, LMNTRE Poems (Swansea, 1999). The prose includes drafts of an article and radio script variously called 'The Place and the Poem', [?1949] (ff. 86-99), 'The Place and the Poem. Swansea' (ff. 100-101) and 'Swansea Poems', 1948 (ff. 102-107), a version of which was published as 'Swansea', Texas Quarterly, 4.4 (Winter 1961), 59-64; 'Poetry of the Second Phase', 1962 (ff. 111-114), partly published as 'The Second Phase in Poetry', Unicorn, 10 (Spring 1963), 9-10; and radio scripts, 'The Need of the Artist', 1962 (ff. 108-110), published in The Listener, 8 November 1962, pp. 756-757, and 'Problems of Communication', 1963 (ff. 115-122), published as 'The Joy of Creation', Listener, 30 April 1964, pp. 720-721.

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Modern Poetry lectures

Notebook containing autograph drafts, September 1966, of a series of eight lectures entitled 'Modern Poetry Lectures', apparently given by Vernon Watkins at the University College of Swansea.
The lecture notes contain references to various poets, in particular T. S. Eliot (ff. 2-16 passim), W. B. Yeats (ff. 3-31 passim), D. H. Lawrence (ff. 17-24), Wilfred Owen (ff. 24, 26-31) and David Jones (ff. 24-28). Excerpts from the notes were published in Poetry Wales, 12.4 (Spring 1977), 52-55.

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Notebook,

Notebook, [?1948]-1967, of Vernon Watkins, containing bibliographical lists of his poems published in Italy (inside front cover, f. 1) and poems and translations sent for publication in America (ff. 1 verso-11).

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Notebook,

Exercise book, [?1941]-1967, of Vernon Watkins, containing bibliographical lists of his published prose (f. 3), of poems published in periodicals and anthologies (ff. 88 verso-96, 97 verso-98 verso) and of translations (ff. 96 verso-97).
The volume also contains transcripts, entitled 'Plotinus - on the Essence of the Soul' (ff. 36-40), of parts of the Fourth Ennead of Plotinus (see Plotinus, On the nature of the soul, being the fourth Ennead, trans. from the Greek by S. MacKenna (London, 1924), pp. 4-56 passim); and a transcript of the poem beginning 'The poet, Owen Hanrahan, under a bush of may' (f. 41) from 'Red Hanrahan's Curse' by Yeats (see W. B. Yeats, Stories of Red Hanrahan (Dundrum, Dublin, 1904 [recte 1905], pp. 36-38).

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