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Notes and Acknowledgements

Chronology

Introduction viii x

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POEMS

POEMS WRITTEN AT SCHOOL, [1930]–1932 This is the Way the World Ends

Matachin

‘Hares track curving over the hill through stubble’

‘To come in darkness to the Maison Dieu’

‘This and this I have learned and taught it myself ’

‘This was giants castle, and here was done’

‘There is little left to be done, except to watch’

‘At least to know the sun rising each morning’

‘Living in tomorrow or perhaps yesterday’

For Elisabeth

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POEMS WRITTEN AT CAMBRIDGE, 1933–1936 ‘All this half-felt sorrow and all this unfelt laughter’ 14 ‘Should spring bring remembrance, a raw wound smarting?’ 14 ‘This is the slackened tempo of defeat’ 16 Org. Com. Discussion on Literature 16 Unaware 17 As Our Might Lessens 17 Sergei Mironovitch Kirov 21 Sad Poem 21 A Happy New Year 22

POEMS FROM SPAIN, 1936 Full Moon at Tierz: Before the Storming of Huesca

[To Margot Heinemann]

A Letter from Aragon

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