Sassoon Journals : Journal, 5 Dec. 1916-11 Feb. 1917

Sassoon Journals

<p>The volume is a ruled notebook and mostly comprises diary entries written while Sassoon was at the Regimental Depot in Litherland. The diary entries include occasional references to Robert [Graves] and his poetry (e.g. [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(5);return false;'>2r</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(37);return false;'>18r</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(51);return false;'>25r</a>] and [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(84);return false;'>40v</a>]). Contents include:</p> <p>Drafts of poetry:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(13);return false;'>6r</a>]. untitled, begins 'On pain of death let no man name death to me'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(30);return false;'>14v-15r</a>]. 'The dead soldiers', later called 'Enemies'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(34);return false;'>16v-17r</a>]. untitled, begins 'When I am in a blaze of lights', [later called 'When I'm among a Blaze of Lights']</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(47);return false;'>23r-23v</a>]. untitled, begins 'England has many heroes'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(64);return false;'>31v-32r</a>]. 'The Elgar Violin Concerto', later called 'Enigma Variations'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(73);return false;'>35r-37r</a>]. 'Death and Summer', later called 'Serenity'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(114);return false;'>77v</a>]. untitled, begins 'I came into the hut and found'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Sketches and doodles:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(85);return false;'>41r</a>]. a steam ship</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(91);return false;'>44r</a>]. abstract curved lines</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(92);return false;'>44v</a>]. a ?dancer with arms raised</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(96);return false;'>46v</a>]. two ?conductors; in the background are four faces and a ?ladder</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Excerpts from letters:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(38);return false;'>18v-19r</a>]. From Lady Ottoline Morrell</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(119);return false;'>72r-75r</a>]. From Nevill Forbes, Robbie Ross and Roderick Meiklejohn, January 1917</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(122);return false;'>73v</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(110);return false;'>78r-79v</a>]. From Garsington</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Quotations:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(3);return false;'>1r</a>]. Campion, 'When thou must home'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(4);return false;'>1v</a>]. Francis Thompson, 'I fall into the claws of time'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(15);return false;'>7r</a>]. Ch.Ch.M.S. 'For 'tis a duteous thing' and Herrick, 'Let the dark not thee cumber'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(21);return false;'>10r</a>]. Mr Britling, beginning 'Everywhere cunning'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(25);return false;'>12r</a>]. Swinburne, 'O sleepless heart'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(58);return false;'>28v-29r</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(61);return false;'>30r</a>], [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(78);return false;'>37v</a>]. [Moore], 'The Brook Kerith'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(61);return false;'>30r</a>]. Gösta Berling, 'I am no suicide'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(80);return false;'>38v</a>]. T.W.H. Crosland, 'Epitaph'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(89);return false;'>43r</a>]. Viscount Morley on Lloyd George</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(131);return false;'>68v-69r</a>]. J. Masefield, 'Roses are beauty'</li> </ul> <br /> <p>Other:</p> <ul> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(4);return false;'>1v</a>]. lists of members of his section and their fates</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(84);return false;'>40v</a>]. a list of clothing items and of diary dates</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(115);return false;'>75v-77r</a>]. 'list of people Robert Graves wants his book sent to'</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(4);return false;'>1v</a>]; [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(101);return false;'>84r</a>]. acquaintances' contact details</li> <li> [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(108);return false;'>80v</a>]. ?list of monies spent</li> </ul> <br /> <p>N.B. Sassoon wrote from both ends of this notebook; from folio [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(132);return false;'>68v</a>] entries resume from the opposite end. Folios [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(99);return false;'>48r-68r</a>] and [<a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(130);return false;'>69v-73r</a>] are blank. There are no loose enclosures or detached folios. The foliation is the archivist's.</p>

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