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Images of manuscripts from the following poems are to be found on this page:  Wordsworth: Yew Trees, Wordsworth's The Vale of Esthwaite, Keats: Ode to the Nightingale,  To Autumn, Lamia, T.S> Eliot, first page of a manuscript of The Wasteland, Virginia, Yeats "Wild Swans at Coole", Plath "Stings" (manuscripts and typescripts with corrections)


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Wordsworth: early draft of Yew Trees

(www.sfu.ca/~curtis/ Wordsworth/images/OrchPath.jpg)


The first page of the manuscript of 

Wordsworth's The Vale of Esthwaite

(www.sfu.ca/~curtis/ Wordsworth/images/Vale.jpg)

From DC MS. 3, as represented on p. 153 of Early Poems and Fragments, 1785-1797;
photograph courtesy of The Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage, Grasmere.




Keats:  Ode to the Nightingale

(from englishhistory.net/marilee/lamiamanuscript.jpg) 

(page 1)


(page 2)



(page 3)


(page 4)


Keats "To Autumn"

(www.english.upenn.edu/.../ eng-305/materials/)

(page 1)



Keats.  First page of Lamia.

(from englishhistory.net/marilee/lamiamanuscript.jpg) 

Thomas Hardy "The Forsaking of the Next"

(www.loc.gov/exhibits/ british/images/vc206ap1.jpg)

(page 1)

(page 2)

T. S. Eliot

The first page of The Waste Land manuscript, when the poem was titled "He Do the Police in Different Voices." 

(The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts, ed. Valerie Eliot [New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971])

(from the Eliot Homepage)

T. S. Eliot.  "Virginia"

(eliot.landrum.cx/ archives/2001/10/22/)


Yeats "Wild Swans at Coole"

(page 1)

(page 2)


Sylvia Plath Stings

(www.english.uiuc.edu/.../ plath/stingsdrafts.htm)


Sylvia Plath


Original Drafts of the Poem
in Facsimile
Reproduiced from
the Sylvia Plath Collection
at Smith College


With an Essay by Susan R. Van Dyne

Northhampton, Massachusettes
Smith College Library Rare Book Room

Copyright 1982, by Smith College and the Estate of Sylvia Plath


Manuscript, on Memorandum paper, 3 pages

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Typescript, with manuscript revision, on
Memorandum paper, 2 pages

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Typescript, with minor corrections, on
Memorandum paper, 2 pages

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Typescript, carbon copy, 2 pages; the reverse of
the original was used for writing the first draft
of "Winter trees" (page 2 reproduced)

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Typescript, with correction of typing errors, 2 pages

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