DAY-LEWIS, CECIL (1904-1972)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT, IN EFFECT A LATE DRAFT, OF HIS POEM 'SHEEPDOG TRIALS IN HYDE PARK', signed ('C. Day-Lewis'), 48 lines in six eight-line stanzas, with autograph revisions to twenty lines preserving reconsidered readings (including a number of words changed at a later stage), 2 pages, folio, not dated
A shepherd stands at one end of the arena.
Five sheep are unpenned at the other. His dog runs out
On a curve to behind them, fetches them straight to the shepherd,
Then drives the flock round a triangular course
Through a couple of gates, back to his master...
The poem is published in The Complete Poems, 2003, where it is dedicated to Robert Frost (no dedication herein). Only two poems by Day-Lewis have been sold at auction. Day-Lewis's archive has been donated to the Bodeian Library by his family.
PROVENANCE: Bertram Rota.