July 4 Sunday.

A.G. came for a goodbye in the morning.
I wrote a long letter to L.H. about Ghost of Napoleon1, with remarks on right & wrong use of metaphor, rewriting a metaphorical passage in unmetaphorical language.
Laura, with contentment about Seizin plans now.
Karl with a book to read about Turkey: Allah Dethroned2.
I got up for the first time. Pins & needles in my feet, aches in my legs.
First draft of a poem "To break Delight".3

Editorial Notes

1 The Ghost of Napoleon by Sir Basil Henry Liddell Hart. London: Faber & Faber Ltd., 1933. eds.
2 Allah Dethroned by Lilo Linke. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1937. eds.
3published as "To Challenge Delight"? DW; eds.

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Laura

    Riding, Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • A.G. (A.E.S.G)

    Graves, Amy
    Amy Graves, RG's Mother. WG
  • Karl/Carl

    Goldschmidt, Karl
    Karl Goldschmidt, later Kenneth Gay: Graphic artist, friend and secretary of Robert Graves and Laura Riding since 1934. R. G. spells both as Carl and Karl.
  • Liddell Hart

    Liddell Hart, Capt. Basil
    War-fare expert and friend of T.E. Lawrence. Collaborated with RG on a book of T.E.L'.s letters, published in 1938. See RPG p.231. WG & Eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Seizin Press

    Founded when Robert Graves and Laura Riding began their partnership in London. R.G. and L.R. continued to operate their own press in Deyá, but stopped printing in 1935. Seizin Press published a number of literary works in conjunction with Constable in London, including the Epilogue series, and other works by Laura Riding and their literary associates. eds


    • Title: To Break Delight [poem: became "To Challenge Delight"? (Check drafts in Buffalo for this title.) DW]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Date: 1937-07-04
    • Title: To Challenge Delight [poem: formerly "To Break Delight"? In Complete Poems, Vol. II, p. 94. DW]
    • Title: Collected Poems (1938)
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Date: 1938-11