File NLW MS 23756E. - Unpublished poems,

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NLW MS 23756E.


Unpublished poems,


  • [1930s]-1967 / (Creation)

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309 ff. (foliated 1-308).Guarded and filed at NLW.Some folios damaged, and repaired at NLW.Some folios damaged, and repaired at NLW

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Autograph and typescript drafts, [1930s]-1967, of poems by Vernon Watkins, almost all apparently unpublished.
There are copies of both short and long poems, as well as fragments, including multiple drafts of 'The Birth to Destruction', 1937-1947 (ff. 6-17), 'The Moth', 1952-1966 (ff. 55-89, thirty-seven drafts), 'The Will', 1960-1961 (ff. 93-100), 'The Melodramatic', 1965-1967 (ff. 101-112), and 'The Fall of Sodom', [1960x1967] (ff. 285-300), and a number of apparently different poems on the theme of 'Taliesin', 1938 (ff. 18-33). 'The Measure Moves' (ff. 70 verso, 72 verso, 73 verso, 75 verso) and 'The Guest' (f. 223 verso) appeared in Fidelities (London, 1968), pp. 26, 96.

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For another poem on the theme of Taliesin see also NLW MS 23753C.

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Preferred citation: NLW MS 23756E.

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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Text: NLW MS 23756E; $q - Some folios damaged, and repaired at NLW.