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Subseries 1. Poetry, 1900-1949

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains early handwritten and typewritten rough drafts of mostly subsequently published poems. The first subseries features Allen's draft single leaf titles, the second subseries features collective manuscript material of Allen's major poems and collections, and the third features poetry written by other authors. Because many of the materials lack dates in particular the single title materials, titles are arranged alphabetically. Some materials lack a proper titles or have indecipherable titles. For these, titles with ellipses reflect indecipherable or illegible words or phrases. For materials without a clear given title, titles are borrowed from the first discernable verse of the poem and are in brackets.

Section: Single Titles


Box 5
Folder 1 Single Titles: A
1. After the March: Nogent l'Artaud, 1918
2. Afterglow, 1931
3. Aftermath, 1920
4. Alchemy
5. [All are snowcapped mountains…], 1900
6. Amelia Burr: A Ballad of Old Charleston
7. America’s First First
8. [And now he dwells…]
9. Anodyne
10. The Answer, 1917-1925
11. Any Time
12. The Apple Tree
13. An Approach to An Epitaph
14. Analia Felix
15. As It Was In The Beginning
16. Assama
17. At Alcantara
18. [At Azerbaijain in the lakes of Khar…], 1949
19. Autumn, 1918
20. Autumn Invocation: The Seasons Wait Their Turns Among the Stars
21. Autumn Portents
Folder 2 Single Titles: B
1. Bacchus Is Gone
2. Back River
3. [Bad the time and the bee…]
4. Ballad of Death Romance
5. Ballad of the Fruitless Plant
6. Banished
7. Baskets
8. Beaumont, 1918
9. Beauty and Love, 1916
10. [The bees once fell a quarreling on the couch…]
11. Bermuda
12. Bewitched: An Incident from the Life of Pierre Loti
13. Beyond Debate
14. Beyond the Night, 1916
15. Bibles
16. Big Bend
17. Big Cove
18. Bill, 1918
19. Biography and Epitaph of Verbum Sap
20. The Blindman: A Ballad of Nogent l'Artaud, 1918-1919
21. The Blockade Runner
22. Bright Star
23. Burnt Sons, 1945
24. Business
Folder 3 Single Titles: C
1. The Cat Man
2. The Cat Witch, 1926
3. The Children by the Lake of Dreams: A Persian Fragment, 1930
4. Christmas Coloure
5. Christmas Magic
6. [Clear as the burning heart of love…]
7. Clio
8. La Clouche Joyeuse
9. Les Cloches
10. Confession
11. Considerations: After the Fight at Croix Rouge Farm
12. Conversation in Morningside
Folder 4 Single Titles: D
1. The Dark Tower, 1916
2. Dark Tower by Night
3. Day Star
4. Death of the Elk
5. Dem Boids: A Ballad of the Bronx
6. [Dedicated to the man...]
7. [Democracy, the bastard bitch...]
8. Despair
9. Diana of the Dunes, 1925
10. [Debbie] Song
11. [The difficulty of making songs...]
12. Dirge
13. Dog Days
14. [The dog in the manger...]
15. Doomed
16. Dragon's Breath
17. Dream Flowers
18. Dream Fragment, 1920
19. Dream Friend
20. The Dream Wood
21. Dull Days
22. Dust
Folder 5 Single Titles: E
1. Easter, 1918
2. Echoes, 1915
3. Eclipse
4. El Paso, 1916
5. Elesmir
6. Encore un Autre, 1919
7. L'envoi
8. Epilogue
9. Eventide
Folder 6 Single Titles: F
1. Fable of the Dog and Cat
2. Fall
3. First Love
4. Fleur de Lis
5. [The flood of May has moved into June...]
6. For Annette's Andirons
7. For DuBose Heyward, 1940
8. [For though from gentle Jennifer...]
9. Forest Whisperers
10. Friendship
11. Four Proverbs of Hell
Folder 7 Single Titles: G
1. Gamesters All
2. Gemini
3. General Court Martial, 1919
4. Goat Song
5. [Goat of the [farther] left of old...]
6. Goin' Home?
8. The Gold Star, 1916
9. The Golden Ghost
10. Goodbye Sweet Day
11. The Goose Creek Voice
12. [The great [anthological] with front of brass…]
13. The Great Right Whale: A Fisherman's Prayer, 1947
Folder 8 Single Titles: H
1. Hadrian at Tivoli
2. Hag Hollerin' Time
3. [Hail bright [magical brat]...]
4. Hail Columbia
5. Hands Off! Dedicated to Orators and Others
6. Hark
7. Headlines
8. Helen
9. Hermitage
10. A Hermitage of Bells: A Fantasy
11. Hiking, 1916
12. The Holy Rood: A Chant
13. Horoscope for A.A.A.
14. The Hours of Childhood
15. [How did the archaeopteryx…]
16. The House by the Marsh, 1929
17. How Long
18. [How to propose none of us C…]
19. Human Hands
20. Hylas
21. A Hymn on Christmas Morning
22. Hymn to Time
Folder 9 Single Titles: I
1. [I think some dusk [they] metal [mice]…]
2. Illegitimate, 1925
3. In Dear Old Fashion '89
4. In Memoriam: Major Christopher Magee Anderson, Eighteenth Pennsylvania Infantry, 1916
5. In the Woods
6. Inspiration
7. [Into these dark pastures...]
8. Isis
9. Island Winter: Lat. 31 [degrees] N
Folder 10 Single Titles: J
1. Jewish Bonds and Genital [Reviews]
2. John Brashear
3. June
4. Jungle Night: To Ann's Bronze Elephants
Folder 11 Single Titles: K
1. The Kettle-Mending at La Luz
2. King Agog's Bed
Folder 12 Single Titles: L
1. La Fayette Lands
2. Landbound
3. The Last Crew
4. The Latter Day Saint
5. Light on the Hills
6. The Little One at Home, 1916
7. [The little poets of our great despair...]
8. Locusts, 1917
9. [Lumerary]
10. Lust
11. The Lute, 1919

Box 6
Folder 1 Single Titles: M
1. Macabre in Macaws
2. Madonna
3. The Mainspring
4. Major Andre's Flute and Shelley's Skylark
5. Manhattan Matins
6. Marcia's May-Day Song
7. The Marshland, 1919
8. Melpomeme's Song
9. Middleton's Gardens
10. Modern Philosopher
11. Moments, 1922
12 Montrogan
13. Moon Sonnet
14. The Mormon Trail
15. Morning Noon and Night
16. Mountain Interlude
17. Mourn, Psyche, Mourn!
18. The Murmuring River, 1909
19. Mutability, 1924
20. [My days and nights I have not idly spent...]
21. My Verdun
Folder 2 Single Titles: N
1. Nightingales are Scarce West of Exeter
2. Nostalgia
Folder 3 Single Titles: O
1. [O God looks down...]
2. October
3. An Ode: To be spoken on Memorial Day
4. Ode in Time of Madness: An Incantation, 1945
5. An Ode on Mutability
6. Ode to the Sun (Sol Invictus)
7. Oh, Where
8. The Old Judge, 1920
9. Old Meadows
10. The Old Song
11. [On a distant view of Oxford Tower...]
12. [On earth the wind as [evict] us death...]
13. [Once they looked and saw a valley...]
14. One of Hells Proverbs: Wash Day
15. [Only in dreams of morning...]
16. On the Bay
17. The Oriol
18. [Out out brief candle, now the...]
19. Overtones
Folder 4 Single Titles: P
1. Palmetto Town
2. [Panocia]
3. Paris, Mother of Dreams
4. Part of Angels Song for Christmas Hymn
5. Passes E.W.
6. Pay Day, 1916
7. The Pharaoh of Moses
8. Pines and Cones
9. The Pirates
10. Pittsburgh
11. Poe in Carolina: Alchemy
12. The Poets Epitaph
13. The Poor Poet
14. Portentia
15. Predicament
16. Presences
17. The Priest and the Pirate: The Ballad of Theodosia Burr
18. A Processional on Christmas Morning
19. Proem
20. Profile-axis
21. Progress
22. Prologue: Annie's Town Before the Mills Came
Folder 5 Single Titles: Q
1. The Quality of Beauty
2. Question, 1940
Folder 6 Single Titles: R
1. The Raid on Dun, 1919
2. The Rain Bell
3. [Ramses] Worship of the Third [Cataract]
4. Recollect
5. Relativity, 1922
6. A Rendezvous with Life
7. Rennaisance
8. Reply to Ambush
9. The Reubens of Brass
10. Reverie
11. Rhapsody
12. Rhetorical result of an Elegy for Amy Lowell
13. The Rivals
14. The Road Beyond the Tower
15. Roadside Epitaph
16. The Rose in Amber
Folder 7 Single Titles: S
1. The Sacrifice
2. Saga of Leif the Lucky, 1923
3. Salt o' the Earth, 1918
4. Salt Town
5. The Scandal
6. The Scissor Grinder
7. The Sea Bogy
8. The Seasons: Autumn Invocation
9. The Seasons: Winter
10. [See how the light falls...]
11. The Sewees of Sewee Bay
12. Shadow to Shadow
13. Silences
14. The Skull
15. Sleep, 1909
16. Sohrab and Rustum
17. Soldier Poet: To Francis Fowler Hogan
18. Source
19. Speak
20. The Spirit of the Maid, 1919
21. Spring Authentic
22. Spring Shadows
23. Springs Pilgrims
24. The Stars of God
25. Sullivan's Island: To E.A.P.
26. Summer Girl
27. A Summer Idyll
28. The Sunflower
29. Sylvan Poor, 1929
30. Symbols of Symbols
Folder 8 Single Titles: T
1. The Talker
2. [That's why I sit here now...]
3. That Tiger Cat of Ours
4. Theodesia Burr: Her Story as Told by an Old Confederate Naval Officer
5. [There is a [more]...]
6. They Say
7. They Watch and Wait, 1916
8. Thou Mother
9. Three Landscape Moods: High Tide o' Life
10. Three Lanscape Moods: Youth
11. Tiger Lilies
12. To a Certain Imagist
13. To a Frozen Butterfly
14. To a Portrait of Theodosia Burr
15. To Arthur in Avalon, 1932
16. To Harriette
17. To James Whitcomb Riley, 1916
18. To Ma, 1909
19. To My Dog
20. To My Grandparents on Their Fifty Third Wedding Anniversary, 1910
21. To My Happy Sister Helen
22. To My Father
23. To the Home Folks, 1916
24. To the Polius
25. To the Prime Minister, Mr. Churchill: Christmas, 1941
26. To the Winged Victory of Samothrace
27. The Tower by Might
28. The Triumph of Edom: Palestine
29. Twilight, 1916
30. Twilight Escape
31. Two Pages from the Book of the Sea Islands: Shadows
32. The Two Republics
33. The Tyrant
Folder 9 Single Titles: U
1. [Up all you sluggish men of peace...], 1910
2. Upstairs Downstairs
Folder 10 Single Titles: V
1. The Vikings: North - Proem, 1923
2. The Vikings: Saga of Leif the Lucky, 1923
3. The Vikings: The Cat Witch, 1923
4. Village Voices
5. Voice of Live
Folder 11 Single Titles: W
1. Waitin' and Drillin', 1916
2. Walk [Broad] Song
3. War Clouds
4. The Watchful Waiting
5. We, 1919
6. [What sound to catch the thing...]
7. When Shady Avenue was Shady Lane, 1919
8. [When in the 1920's you began...]
9. [When in the night the [manifest] if island must...]
10. [When dwell and life [sit there]...]
11. [When the frost is on the [fancy kin]...]
12. Where the Sugar and Maple Grows
13. The Wind
14. The Wingless Victory, 1920
15. [With life that hurtles like a spark...]
Folder 12 Single Titles: Y
1. Yes
2. YS
Folder 13 Single Titles: Z
1. Zachias, 1946

Section: Major Poems and Collections


Box 7
Folder 1 Black Roses: Original Manuscript
Folder 2 Black Roses: Photograph
Folder 3 The Blindman: Original Manuscript and Correspondence 1919

Correspondence includes editorial conversations Allen had with Amy Lowell. Allen sent early drafts of The Blindman to Lowell who was influential in getting the manuscript published in the North American Review. In her September 12, 1919 letter to Allen she identifies that Allen had "improved [the poem] immensely" and talks about sending it to a "Mr. Sedgwick," most likely Atlantic Monthly's editor at the time, Ellery Sedgwick. The letter ends on a humorous note with Lowell stating Mr. Sedgwick does not know a poem from a potato, but sometimes his taste betrays him and he gets something good by mistake.

Folder 4 The Blindman: First and Second Proof
Folder 5 Carolina Chansons: Preface

Box 8
Folder 1 Carolina Chansons: Original Draft and Revisions, 1921
Folder 2 Carolina Chansons: Typed Copies
Folder 3 Christmas Epithalamium: Original Manuscript
Folder 4 Children of Earth (from Earth Moods)
Folder 4 Earth Moods: Original Manuscript
Folder 5 Flowers from Fields Aflame: Typewritten, 1917-1918

Box 9
Folder 1 The Leaping Poll: Original Manuscript
Folder 2 Mine Host: Original Manuscript, 1925
Folder 3 New Legends: Magazine Publications List
Folder 4 New Legends: Holograph Manuscript
Folder 5 New Legends: Poetic Attitude Holograph and Typed Manuscript
Folder 6 Saga Leif the Lucky: Preface
Folder 7 Saga Leif the Lucky: Original Manuscript
Folder 8 Saga Leif the Lucky and Other Poems, The Vikings: Typescript Manuscript, ca. 1925
Folder 9 Sarah Simon: Correspondence
Folder 10 Sarah Simon: Holograph Manuscript
Folder 11 Sarah Simon: Typed Manuscript
Folder 12 Sidonian Hanno: Original Manuscript, 1925
Folder 13 Songs for Annette: Preface

Box 10
Folder 1 Selected Poems: Typed White Manuscript

Section: Other Authors' Works

Folder 2 Poems Written by Various Authors