Subseries 2.1
Notebooks, circa 1949-1995
Boxes 57-58; OBV1

Scope and Content Note

The subseries contains notebooks of Ted Hughes from ca. 1949-ca. 1990. The notebooks include titled and untitled drafts of published and unpublished poems and prose, a few diary entries and autobiographical notes from ca. 1968 August [Notebook 9], and astrological charts [Notebook 3 and 28]. Notebooks that contained poems associated with a single work may be found with that work in other subseries within Series 2. The notebooks in this subseries have been assigned numbers to facilitate access.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Box Folder Content
OBV1 [Notebook 1], Notebook (torn in half), n.d., [ca. 1949-1966], 62 pp. Multiple untitled manuscript drafts including an untitled short story ("The address to the public...,") followed by "A dreamed story: August 19th." Verso of notebook pages contain multiple poem drafts including "Against Larks," "The Black Oak," "Ode to Indolence," "The Fallen Violin," and A Wind Flashes the Grass."
57 1 [Notebook 2], Notebook (disbound with additional loose sheets), n.d., [ca. 1956-1957], 16 pp. Multiple untitled manuscript drafts including "The Decay of Vanity," "Macaw and Little Miss," "The Hawk in the Rain," "Stories about you bastard English" ["The Calum-makers"], "Six Young Men," "Meeting," "Parlour-Piece," "Two Wise Generals," "The Retired Colonel," "Relic," "Pennies in April," "Dick Straightup," "Childbirth," "Griefs for Dead Soldiers," "Roarers in a Ring," "The Burning of the Brothel," "Soliloquy of a Misanthrope," "The Martyrdom of Bishop Farrar," "Invitation to a Dance," "Billet-Doux," "The Casualty," "Esther's Tomcat," "The Horses of the Sun," "Wilfred Owen's Photographs," "Death of a Prophet," "Cat and Mouse," and other unidentified poems and prose works.
57 2 [Notebook 3], Notebook (disbound with additional loose sheets), n.d., [ca. 1957], 26 pp. Notes on the lives of H.C. Anderson, the Bröntes, Columbus, Parnell, Houdini Walter Raleigh, William Blake, and others. [Accession 98-07-14]
57 3 [Notebook 4], Tudor triplicate notebook (partial, back cover and many pages missing), n.d., [ca. 1955-56], 64 leaves. Includes drafts for "The Vampire," titled and untitled drafts of unpublished poems including "The new child wonders, and is dazed, and cries...," "Ballad of Vampirized Man," "Man Condemned," "Ballad of the Church Devil," "The Man Who Dreamed He Murdered His Wife." Also includes first drafts of published short stories "How the Whale Became," "How the Hyena Became," and "O'Kelly's Angel," and partial draft of the fable "The Calum Makers." This notebook also includes several diagrams (probably unrelated to poems), and several astrological charts.
57 4 [Notebook 5], Loose sheets from a small Challenge Duplicate Notebook, n.d., [ca. 1960-1967], 9 leaves, 18 pages, mostly disbound. Contains titled and untitled drafts of published [in Recklings] and unpublished poems: "Song of Songs," "Wherever I tread, the grass cries in fury...," "You now grow slowly lighter...," "Bombing Berlin," "Toll of the Air-Raids" [published title "Toll"], "Poor Men in the Public Bar" "The Bar-room TV blinks..." "The T.V. splashes on ..." "Patient Poor Men" and "Patient Men" [variant drafts of published poem: "Public Bar T.V."], "Here Come the Bells," "If God is vegetable...," "Could God be vegetable?..." "The Sunk Swan's Nest," "Pounding and Posting," "The Eon of Lizards" [published title: "The Era of Giant Lizards"], "The murderer's victim studied his corpse...," "A pebble of the flood had seen...," "Between Westminster and sunstruck St. Paul's...," "Heatwave," "All the heroes end the same way," "Camouflage is death's fifth column...," and "The greened or blacked eyelids and all that torn hair..."
57 5 [Notebook 6], Duplicate notebook with missing covers, n.d., [ca. 1964-1967] 112 pages. Includes titled and untitled drafts of published and unpublished poems: "Gnat Psalm" [published Wodwo 1967], "Three Legends," "Invocation of Crow," "Crow-keep," "The Totem Oak," "I saw the black ball, badly punctured...," "The infinity of womb failures...," "Crow in the Nursery," "Crow and Mama," "When the pistol muzzle oozing blue vapour..." [published title: "That Moment"], "In the beginning was scream..." [published title "Lineage"], "The nothingness began the mirror / Crow looks into looking far...," "Crowhole," "The parson's eye stopped among black letters...," "When God hammered Crow / He made gold..." [published title "Crow's Song of Himself"], "Crow Goes Out to Play" [published title "In the Little Girl's Angel Gaze"], "Crowblack" [published title: "Crow Was So Much Blacker"], "Crow Struggles to Light," "Crow Fights for Lebensraum," "A Prank" [published title: "A Childish Prank"], "First Lesson" [published title: "Crow's First Lesson"], "Magical Dangers," "Baby Crow Encounters Space," "Crow and the Star," "Crow Immunised," "Crow's Ego" [published title "Crowego"], "Crow Hears Fate Knock on the Door," "Crow's Fast" [dated "3rd Sept" in Hughes's hand], "Creation quaked voices..." [published title: "Crow Tyrannosaurus"], "There were the cars, noses to the promenade rail / Staring at the ancient sea...," "Words came with life insurance policies..." [published title: "The Battle of Osfrontalis"], "Crow decided to try words..." [published title: Crow Goes Hunting"], "There came news of a word" [published title: "A Disaster"], "Fairy Tales," "Crow realized God loved him..." [published title: "Crow's Theology"], "Crow's Quill," "Crow Alights," "Crow's Advent," "How Crow Learned to Fly," "The Door," "Crow Gets His Regalia," "Salamander," "Crow's Wars," "Crow and the Birds," "Crow's Charade" [published title: "The Black Beast"], "The King of ... and ..." [published title: "The King of Carrion"], "Crow's Cry," "A Bout," "Ballad of William the Rhymer," "Truth and Crow," "Fragment of Smashing Tablets" [published title: "Fragment of Ancient Tablet"], "Crow's Note Play" [published title: "Notes for A Little Play"], "God was sick...," "The Air in Its Prison," "Conjuring in Heaven," "Flogged lame with legs..." [published title: "A Kill"], "Bad Monuments," "Crow's Nerve Fails," "Exam at the Womb Door" [published title: "Examination at the Womb Door"], "Crow Sends Truth and Nothing Out" [published title: "Truth Kills Everybody"], "Astronomical Crow," "The wolf cried 'wolf-wolf' in a wail...," "Oedipus Crow," "Crow Outlawed," "Crow's Battle Fury," "Crow Goes Into Battle" [published title: "Crow's Battle Fury"], "Truth Kills Everybody," "That Crow on the elm's limb...," "The ignorant crow is watching the earth...," "Lonely crow created the gods for playmates...," "Crow, lonely with only space..." [published title: "Crow's Playmates"], "Carrion Tiresias Examines the Sacrifice," "When Crow was white he decided the sea was white too...," "Crow Hears the Sea," "Crow and the Sea," "Come from the sea," "O Littleblood..." [published title: "Littleblood"], "Crow Sickened," "From the Ancient ...," "The tiger...," "Crow and Justice" [published title: "Crowcolour"], "And God said to man...," "This moment / a man...," "Somewhere in the world - a man falling...," "Crow and Stone," "The Word in the Wilderness," and "Crow Fails" ["'Look' said God 'I've had an inspiration...'"]
57 6 [Notebook 7], Small notebook with brown cover: "Vicar's Hill Boldre" printed on front cover, and "Lloyd Dictation" handwritten on front cover, n.d., [ca. 1964-68], 6 leaves, 3.5 pages. Contains one page of descriptive notes for Gaudete, one page of draft notes for the introduction to Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Plath's Poems." Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams by Plath's Poems."
57 7 [Notebook 8], Challenge Duplicate Book, n.d., [ca. 1965-1966], ca. 200 pp. Multiple titled and untitled drafts of published and unpublished poems including "Public Servant," "Carol," "A Loss," "Heirloom," "Roman September," "Ground of Being," "Brother's 1st Dream," "Doodle on the Blotter," "God is Love," "A Retirement," "Woman's Weeping," "News," "Revelation," "A Dancer," "Little Cantata," "Lines for Yorick's Skull," "The Hunter," "Beowulf's Banner," "Baby Cries," "Spare Soliloquy for Hamlet," "Conversion," "A Gnat Dance," "The Black Oak" [variant title for "Your Tree-Your Oak"], "Wings," "The Bear," "It is not enough just to exist," "Gnats," "A Wind Flashes the Grass," "The Fallen Violin," "Gnat Psalm," "Blood and Karma" [variant title for "Karma"], "Postcard from Connemara," "Second Glance at a Jaguar," "Episode from a Fairy Tale," "Crow's Totem," "Larks," "Corporal Crow Goes Into Battle," "Violet," "Buttercup," "Science Lessons," "Metamorphoses," "Skylarks," "The Red Carpet," "The Writer," "Dog Days on the Black Sea," "Scapegoats and Rabies," "In Memorium," "Migration," "Genesis of Many Consequences," "To W.H. Auden," "A Near Miss," "Exit," "Poetry Festival," "How to write verse," "Why Write?," "The Oak," and other unidentified poems. Notebook also includes six pages of notes for Wodwo (originally titled "The Rain-Horse"). Two additional untitled poems ("How many helpers...," and "Who is that person...") [possibly about Sylvia Plath]. On back of page 97 written upside down is beginning draft of "The Tender Place," Birthday LettersBirthday Letters
57 8 [Notebook 9], Notebook with color illustration of birds on front cover, titled "Books for Notes" on back cover, n.d., [ca. 1965-1966], 4.5 pages plus 10 blank leaves, includes notes for "Dylan Thomas's Letters" a review of The Selected Letters of Dylan Thomas, [published in The New Statesman (1966)]. Also includes a brief notation: "Plays - some terribly simple action - sustained by its music and intensity. An atomic action - in close-up." Notebook includes two pages of notes written by a young child. The New Statesman (1966)]. Also includes a brief notation: "Plays - some terribly simple action - sustained by its music and intensity. An atomic action - in close-up." Notebook includes two pages of notes written by a young child.
57 9 [Notebook 10], Notebook (lacking covers with additional loose sheets laid in), n.d., [ca. 1967-1968], ca. 110 pp. Outline of Crow sequence ("Creation & Invocation of Crow"), along with multiple titled and untitled manuscript drafts, including "Lineage," "Crowego," "Baby Crow Ponders the Stars," "Baby Crow Encounters Time and Egg, Studies a Crystal Ball," "The Guardian Angel," "Upstart Crow," "Fragment of an Ancient Tablet," "Examination at the Womb Door," "Crow's ... Play," "Crow and Dust," and other unidentified poems. Also includes two diary entries from 1968 August and other autobiographical notes (pp. 76-77, 84, and 92) and notes on poetry.
57 10 [Notebook 11], Spiral bound shorthand notebook), n.d., [ca. 1968-1969], ca. 110 pp. Contains multiple titled and untitled poem and prose drafts, including "Into the City" [from prose narrative of Crow], and itemized expenses from March 9th to April 5th, 1968, and an April 1969 journal from Hughes's trip to Ireland containing his thoughts regarding Assia Wevill's death.
57 11 [Notebook 12], Large, hard-covered black notebook, 64 leaves, list of bird names [titles of poems] written on inside front cover. Contains autograph manuscripts of bird poems [most published in A Primer of Birds (1981), many also first published in special copies of the first edition of Cave Birds (1975)]. Additionally, there are some typescripts and typescript carbons tucked into the notebook. Includes titled and untitled drafts of poems including "Pheasants," "The Hen," "Swan" [published title: "Swans"], "Buzzard," "Swallow," "Treecreeper," "The Moorhen," "Wren," "The Nightingale," "Evening Thrush," "Kingfisher," "The Macaw" [published title "A Macaw"], "A Sparrow Hawk," "Snipe," "Shrike," "Magpie," and "Heron" [published title: "The Heron"]. Also contains a draft of "Song Against the White Owl" [published in Crow Speaks (1971)], and unpublished poems: "Cormornats," "Two Marabou Storks," and fragment of "Flamingo." Cave Birds (1975)]. Additionally, there are some typescripts and typescript carbons tucked into the notebook. Includes titled and untitled drafts of poems including "Pheasants," "The Hen," "Swan" [published title: "Swans"], "Buzzard," "Swallow," "Treecreeper," "The Moorhen," "Wren," "The Nightingale," "Evening Thrush," "Kingfisher," "The Macaw" [published title "A Macaw"], "A Sparrow Hawk," "Snipe," "Shrike," "Magpie," and "Heron" [published title: "The Heron"]. Also contains a draft of "Song Against the White Owl" [published in Crow Speaks (1971)], and unpublished poems: "Cormornats," "Two Marabou Storks," and fragment of "Flamingo."
57 12 [Notebook 13], Challenge Duplicate Notebook, partial, with blue covers, many pages missing, one page dated in Hughes's hand "10th March 1970" [ca. 1970], 10 leaves, 10 pages, bound. Two unknown addresses written on first page. Contains a few notes for Prometheus on His Crag and titled and untitled drafts of published and unpublished poems: "There is a man / When the dentist...," "Man comes running complaining -- / Behind him his...," "Niagara Falls," "His cave in the moon...," page titled "Prometheus" [includes several lines of holograph notes], "Prometheus on His Crag" [written at the top of a blank page], 1/2 page of notes relating to Prometheus and Pandora, list of six words in English and their translations, fragment: "So here's my soul ye - is it this that or that / What is it?"
57 13 [Notebook 14], Fragment of notebook, disbound, burn marks at upper right edge, n.d., [ca. 1970s], 31 pages. Contains untitled drafts: "We were safe...," "Our ... of time...," "Where was she laid?" "The ... doves combing the April ????," "Now the log suffers its fullness," "A buzzard's soaring..." [drafts with variant first line], "What would be lovely to care not...," "English as I am, a leaf on the old oak," "Like a tree riven by 3 visions...," "We were safe," "The pebbles came from the river," "By the time he could no longer see that she was only half handsome...,") and "Inside it a velvety ..."
57 14 [Notebook 15], Small gray school notebook, with "Christopher B. Hall Latin" written on the front cover, n.d., [ca. early 1970s], 25 pages. Contains titled and untitled drafts of poems [including many early drafts of poems which appeared in special copies of the first edition of Cave Birds (1975): "Cuckoos," "The Kingfisher," "Macaw," "Tern," "Sparrow" [versions of these five poems were also published in Cave Birds" (1981)], and "Starling" [later version published with variant title "Starlings Have Come"]. Cave Birds" (1981)], and "Starling" [later version published with variant title "Starlings Have Come"].
57 15 [Notebook 16], 6 loose sheets, disbound, small lined paper and blue ballpoint ink, n.d. [ca. 1975]. Titled and untitled drafts of published and unpublished poems: "Look Back, Look ..." [published title "Look Back"], "Who Is It," "I have lives she says, as the world has...," "The fallen one / wings on off with fall...," "Troy was... / With Agammemnon's daughter...," and "The earth is strong, fruitful..."
57 16 [Notebook 17], Small spiral bound notebook with photo cover of bridge and stream, n.d. [ca. before 1977], 96 pp. Multiple untitled drafts for poems published in Gaudete.[includes a transcription by Ann Skea]
58 1 [Notebook 18], Notebook with tan cover,"Vicar's Hill Boldre" imprinted on front cover, n.d., [ca. before 1977], 22 pages. Contains drafts of and notes for poems published in Season Songs: "Apple Dumps," "Hay," "Swifts," "Sheep," "The Chestnut splits its padded cell," "Oceanic Windy Dawn," "When the Elm was full," "Writer-wobbling, blue sky puddled October," "Burning the snapshot album." Also includes drafts of unpublished poems: "Sunbathing," "Early Morning," "Summer Secrets," "Amaryllis Lily," "Roses," "Autumn Notes," "Virginia Creeper," and "After the Battle."
58 2 [Notebook 19], Loose sheets from small, lined, notebook, no cover, some pages numbered by Hughes, n.d. [ca. before 1977]. Untitled drafts of published and unpublished poems: "The bridegroom's flayed head...," "Slight as you are / without you I would...," "Cleverly... like scabs / over wounds...," "Losing you / Like a fresh amputation...," "My cry / Like a child coming up...," "The graveyard spiderlike...," "If I am a fish...," "I read / I look at the sky...," "The bulging oak is not as old...," "Stubborn... the girl's stillness...," "Collision with the earth has finally come..." [fragment of published poem "Epilogue" in Gaudete], "Beowulf sank from the day...," "Staring at the fire...," "What is your will? You see me...," "You... a glare...," "Today, looking for you there, I could only...," "Why should you want me?...," "Some call you moon - a rusty clangour..." [published title "Wolf"]. Disbound pages, written on the same paper, and continues the same pattern of numbering, untitled drafts of published and unpublished poems, n.d. [before 1977], 2 leaves, 2 pages. Includes "Not too old, but already too old...," "The sun / like a cold kiss..." [fragment of published poem "Epilogue" from Gaudete] and fragment: "Why should I weep? / whatever I have lost / I am no more me." Disbound page, written on the same paper and continues the same pattern of numbering, untitled draft: "Why do you take such shape here / to become a victim?..." Disbound pages, written on the same paper as above, n.d., 2 leaves, 2 pages. Contains untitled drafts of unpublished poems: "Light splintered / In their sockets...," "Struggling with the new that scraambles up...," and "Laughter had clear fountains / Many together..." Gaudete] and fragment: "Why should I weep? / whatever I have lost / I am no more me." Disbound page, written on the same paper and continues the same pattern of numbering, untitled draft: "Why do you take such shape here / to become a victim?..." Disbound pages, written on the same paper as above, n.d., 2 leaves, 2 pages. Contains untitled drafts of unpublished poems: "Light splintered / In their sockets...," "Struggling with the new that scraambles up...," and "Laughter had clear fountains / Many together..."
58 3 [Notebook 20], One page torn from a small duplicate notebook, n.d., [ca. before 1977.] Contains fragment of untitled draft: "What might have been keeps its..." and "The wish that was the armed arrow..." Two loose pages [torn from same small duplicate notebook], n.d., contains untitled drafts of one poem "When I stood on the cobbles...," and "You on your pillow..." One loose sheet from a different small notebook, n.d., contains titled draft "That Apple" [early draft version of the epilogue from Gaudete] as well as untitled drafts: "He sits grinning...," and "The crooked lamp looks at the book..." Two loose sheets from another small notebook, n.d., contains untitled drafts: "Now near waking....," and "Night-sleep brings your cheek its bloom..." One loose sheet from a larger notebook, n.d., contains an untitled draft: "Which bed? Which bride? Which beasts...," and several lines of unrelated notes on verso.
58 4 [Notebook 21], Fragment of notebook, no covers [section of a Challenge triplicate notebook], n.d., [ca. 1977-79], 19 pages. Contains titled and untitled drafts of published and unpublished poems: "Each moment my eyes open to the candidate...," "The simplest thing/to speak yourself/is the least possible...," "They are the unluckiest fools...," "The crooked lamp looks at his book...," "He drives across England," "Everything is Waiting," "Sitting Under the Downpour," "There hangs the whole vision of a life...," "My hands are torn...," "The wind, the invisible instructor...," "There are tears / Like beads scattered from a snapped necklace...," "O wolf wolf give me your good eyes...," "Over the ... liquorice...," "The geometry of hours -- useful for torment of mind...," "Lying in bed in agony...," "With Gabriel and Michael stamping on his head...," "A word reforms greatest thundercloud...," "The rose is beginning to look resentfully at the world...," "The Stone," "That Girl," "Does Wilfred like life?" "Words of anger feminine bile etc,"In a café on the ba-ing road...," "Queen of Spades," "Knave of Spades," "King of Diamonds," "King of Clubs," and "Knave of Clubs." Also contains a page of notes, including a quote from D.H. Lawrence.
58 5 [Notebook 22], Challenge triplicate notebook with missing cover and many missing pages, n.d., [before 1978], 47 pages, numbered 35-82. Includes titled and untitled drafts of published and unpublished poems: "It rivets... it wind tunnels...," "Now I watch him playing me...," "Hearing the powersaws / buzzing grows...," "Sometimes it comes, a glowing lightning...," "A man hangs on / to a handful of flesh...," "Looking for her form / I saw only a...," "How far have I to go...," "How far have I to search...," "Who is she / whose babies suck flame at her breast...," "She changed and suddenly / her babies sucked flame from her breasts...," "The night wind muscled... / Is going to pull at / the trees...," "I skin the skin...," "Calves, horribly parted from their Mama...," "Cattle statue...," "Gravel is the seeds from the rocks...," "The ant stone / Is that much lost to the...," "They bought you a lit-up flying city...," "What good is the miracle...," "The first... / flying to the moon...," "The huntsmen on top of the hare-lovers...," "What could the Queen of Egypt give me...,", "Music that eats people...," "Your every glare is a lead...," "You make the words so children...," "What shall I cry?...," "What will you make of half a man...," "He sits grinning, he blurts laughter...," "Pre-dawn twilight...," "How can I find you to hurt you?...," "A hundred times re-entering and leaving...," "You say 'for everything I give you - you pay'...," "Weeping brings wisdom / Teach me to weep...," "If I can't find you, show me...," "Why do my palms bleed...," "Sitting under the downpour / of the dead poet's lament...," "Where you wait," "Each moment my eyes...," "Too much is going on...," "Think again / The North wind, the wise wind...," "You open the door...," "I know too well / You are not infallible," "It take not much to collapse...," "That face, as real...," "Am I your skiff, am I your passenger...," "The buzzard mews...," "She waved goodbye from the hospital bed...," "When you waved goodbye from the hospital bed...," "Terrible accident - just one glimpse...," "The steel was right inside my skull...," "By the time I got to her it was over...," "The fallen oak sleeps under the bog...," "In the ... café," "Our freedom ... / is to die...," "Humping under blankets...," "Children new to the blood...," "The Cathedral for all its...," "Let that one shrink into place...," "Your touch puts me helpless...," "When I was heavy and ... / I made love to you...," "The express hits the halt...," "As often as I affirm...," "Who is the oak's bride...," "The lark has to sing...," "When the lark sizzles in my ear...," "In the television torture-chamber...," "I came over / the crumbled hill...," "No matter how I pause...," "Where have I been? / When I look into...," "There he sits / In a world where all is temporary...," "This is the maneater / It fought for itself, its fate, its children...," "The buttercup lifts its...," "December / The ... / Dies on the stone...," "I feel the tightness if my shoes..., "The white shark / ... its strength of madness...," "The Sunday Bells / Dangle their...," "The river pours steel horizontally / into the sky's throat...," "Words being wet lump of earth...," "With skin and flesh stripped off him...," "The Swallow - rebuilding...," "The swallow building," "The mother of a the tree...," "Sometimes a small request...," "A wild ... flies to grace...," "Trying to become a leaf...," "After some time the adult dies / and shells off...," "At the bottom of my soul...," "Man of iron, susceptible to bullets...," "Returning." Also includes several pages of untitled notes [ideas for plays] on verso of the last several pages.
58 6 [Notebook 23], Loose pages [from small black notebook], n.d., [ca. 1978-80], 26 leaves. Includes titled and untitled drafts and mind-maps bird poems, most published in A Primer of Birds.
58 7 [Notebook 24], Two school exercise notebooks, n.d., [before 1982], 32 pp. and 24 pp. "Albert 1" and "Albert 2" [variant title of "Sacrifice" published in Wolfwatching].
58 8 [Notebook 25], Challenge triplicate notebook, partial, front cover and many pages missing, n.d., [ca. before 1982], 56 leaves, numbered 78-97, notes and diagram on inside cover. Multiple drafts, titled and untitled for "Echo and Narcissus" and "The Rape of Proserpina" published in Tales from Ovid.
58 9 [Notebook 26], Small gray-green school notebook with "Peacock" written on the front cover, First page is dated "Oct 7 [19]85". Contains drafts of published poem "Peacock" [published in "The Cat and the Cuckoo" and in "Iron Wolf"], and unpublished poem "Peewit."
58 10 [Notebook 27], Small bound notebook with tan cover, [ca. 1986-87], 32 leaves plus one loose sheet, 63 pages. Includes notes on inside front cover from Hughes's search for a New York lawyer in 1986 [for the Andersen trial in Boston]. A list of poem titles and their status as completed or not completed is written on the inside back cover. Notebook includes various titled and untitled drafts of poems published in The Cat and the Cuckoo: "Cuckoo," "Hedgehog," "Snail," "Thrush," "Toad," "Otter," "Red Admiral," "Pike," "Squirrel" (one draft with variant title "Gray Squirrel"), "Peacock," "Goat," "Fantail(s)," "Dog," "Worm," "Dragonfly," "Donkey," "Pig," "Robin," "Hen" (with variant title "Dowdy the Hen"), "Sparrow," "Crow," "Cow," "Shrew," "Mole," "Cat," and "Fantails." Also includes drafts of "Cormorants" [some with variant title "Cormorant" (printed in a single sheet, by Nicholas Hughes, 1983], draft of "Starling" published in the first edition of Cave Birds, and drafts of unpublished poems "Falcon" and "2 Marabou Storks," and unpublished draft titled "Child's Poem." Cave Birds, and drafts of unpublished poems "Falcon" and "2 Marabou Storks," and unpublished draft titled "Child's Poem."
58 11 [Notebook 28], Small gray notebook, n.d., [ca. before 1987], 30 pages, "Court Cards" written on front cover. Contains untitled and titled drafts for poems: [published as "Full House" in Poems for Shakespeare, 1987] "Queen of Spades," "King of Spades-Othello," "King of Clubs-Richard," "King of Diamonds," "Jack of Hearts," "King of Spades," "Jack of Clubs," "Knave of Hearts," "Joker." 15 loose sheets, includes notes for "Full House" [associating each court card with a Shakespearean character], and various titled and untitled drafts for "Full House" poems. Titled drafts include "Venus," "Cleo," "Prospero," and diagram for poem "Gertrude" [published title: Queen of Diamonds"]. On verso of the poetry are includes incomplete titled typescript drafts of stories published in Tales of the Early World [published 1988], including "The Dancers" and "Leftovers," also includes an incomplete titled typescript of unpublished story "The Spider Person." Tales of the Early World [published 1988], including "The Dancers" and "Leftovers," also includes an incomplete titled typescript of unpublished story "The Spider Person."
58 12 [Notebook 29], Small, hard-backed notebook, blue cover with marble pattern, water-stained, has maroon spine, n.d., [ca. 1990-92], 122 leaves [some are loose and tucked into the notebook]. Includes notes for translation of Lorca's Blood Wedding [published 1996], and notes for several unpublished plays. Contains Hughes's translations of poems, titled and untitled, including "Elonard," "Old Youth," "To Be No Longer Alone," "To Evil," "I Hear the Voice Still," "Now I Hear the Voice," "Auschwitz", "To the Trees," "La Grace," "Dream of a Winter's Night," and "Wet." Also contains notes for translations of works by the poet Bonafly, 6.5 pages of prose notes about the political situation in Israel, notes and corrections for Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, and two astrological charts from ca. 1991-1992. Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, and two astrological charts from ca. 1991-1992.
58 13 [Notebook 30], Loose sheets [removed plastic sheet protectors in a large, black binder notebook], n.d., [ca. early 1990s], 108 leaves. Includes AMS, TS, TS carbon drafts of titled and untitled published and unpublished poems [many multiple drafts]: "Kingfisher," "Evening Thrush," "Mallard," "The Moorhen," "Pheasant," "The Hen," "Treecreeper," "A Swallow," "'Somebody' he said severely 'Is being forgotten.' And he went on," "Sparrow hawk" [variant draft with title "The sparrow-hawk"], "Snipe," "Black-back," "Swallows," "Starlings Come" [published title: "Starlings Come Suddenly"], "Nightingale," "Tern" [subtitled: "for Norman Nicholson"], "The Moorhen," "Macaw," "The Winterhen," "Treecreeper," "The Thrush Came," "Evening Thrush," "There was the sun on the wall...," "The funny phoenix is no sphynx..." [published title "Phoenix"], "Horrible Song," "Why do they hate me so much...," "There Was the Sun on the Wall...," "Where I Sit Writing My Letter," "Starlings Come Suddenly," "Cormorants," "Blackback, You Go," "Bullfinches," "The Macaw," "The Town Sparrow," "A Dove Snaps Its Twig-tether...," "A Dove" [published title: "Dove"], "The Nightingale," "Cuckoo" ("Cuckoo-Bird of Geometry...,) "Ele...," "Idyll" [published title: "Cuckoo"], "The damage must have been done...," "The damage was done so lightly...," "Did the cuckoo save you?...," "Sketching Elephants," "The damage was done and the cuckoo...," "Away Cuckoo!" [published title: "Cuckoo"], "Seeing...Cuckoo" [published title: "Cuckoo" ("Cuckoo's First Cry")], "This tale of a dead river continues...," "I... the ventriloquist's doll...," "This tale of a dead river continues...," "Flinging windows open it..." [on back of calendar cover imprinted with "Hebdenroyd District Calendar 1978"], "That first cry in April...," "Mayday" [published title:"Cuckoo" ("Away Cuckoo!)], "Even in drought it will not fail...". Also includes two annotated lists of poem titles (names of birds), AMS notes from "Crow" poems, untitled, begins "That was a virtuoso's joke..." (3 pages), and a typed draft of a note dated 28 December 1980).
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