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“The fun of the sonnet to me is to find a subject; the workmanship rebuts me”

After having included in his book ‘Sonnets of the Century’ two poems of RLS’s (The Touch of Life and The Arabesque), William Sharp received this reply (see previous post). [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, … Continue reading

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“I drew the nothings that my soul enjoyed”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1535.] To William Sharp [E. Sharp, W. Sharp, a Memoir, 1910, pp. 116-118] Skerryvore [Early February … Continue reading

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When I feel with what marvellous kindness the wind has been tempered to my frailties…

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1409.] To Philip Gilbert Hamerton [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 274-276] Bournemouth, March 16, 1885 My dear Hamerton, Various things have been reminding me of my misconduct: First, … Continue reading

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A childish treble note that sounds in my ears freshly; not song, if you will, but a child’s voice

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1403.] To Edmund Gosse [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 269-272] Bonallie Tower, Bournemouth, March 12, 1885 My … Continue reading

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I wish I was well away somewhere else. I feel like flight some days; honour bright

In the heat of conversation RLS was accustomed to invent any number of fictitious personages, generally Scottish, and to give them names and to set them playing their imaginary parts in life, reputable or otherwise. Many of these inventions, of … Continue reading

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