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Drafts

It is easy to forget that the poems you read in a book were often the result of exhaustive contemplation and redrafting. One can tell a lot about a poet’s methods of working by looking at their drafts in archive or special collections.

The following items were written in 1914 and are taken from an album of manuscript poems (Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge. RCB/V/1, ff.15-17):

First pencil draft of ‘The Soldier’
First pencil draft of ‘The Soldier’, on Hood Battalion paper.
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Second pencil draft of ‘The Soldier’
Second pencil draft of ‘The Soldier’, entitled 'The Recruit'.
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‘The Soldier', in the form it was published.
‘The Soldier', in the form it was published.
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