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The Property of Frieda Hughes
Lot 364
Typescript of the poem 'Poppies in October', [1962]
21 March 2018, 15:00 GMT
London, Knightsbridge

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Typescript of the poem 'Poppies in October', text on recto only, headed "Sylvia Plath/Court Green/North Tawton/Devonshire, England" in upper right hand corner, a few small marginal creases, folio (280 x 215mm.), [1962]


Typescript of Sylvia Plath's poem 'Poppies in October', with her address given as Court Green, Devon. The poem, composed on her thirtieth birthday, 27 October 1962, was subsequently published in Ariel. The one main difference from the published version is that the typescript has an exclamation mark at the end of the final line (" a dawn of cornflowers!"), whilst a full-stop is used the printed version. Also, in the typescript Plath has used her preferred "---", which was not replicated in the printed book.

Provenance: Sylvia Plath, and by descent to her daughter Frieda.

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