Feb 9 Thursday.

X Minorca captured
Went over the seven new poems since Collected Poems and made several changes.
Dictionary with Alan: resorting groups at a suggestion of Laura's.
Laura working concentratedly all day on a difficult poem: a lesson starting with stars.1
Honor explains her long silence: letter went astray and is having a baby in July in spite of recent miscarriage.
Laura finished poem at 2 am; and also an epitaph on Yeats2.

Editorial Notes

1KG indicates that "A Lesson Starting With Stars" is the poem's title, but it has not been identified in Riding's published works. eds.
2the Epitaph was unpublished; see Friedmann 280 eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Minorca

    Balearic Islands, Spain
    One of the Balearic Islands eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

    Riding, Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • Honor

    Wyatt, Honor
    Journalist. Arrived in Deyá fortuitously. Married to Gordon Glover...Son Julian. W.G. First acquainted with R.G. and L.R. early in 1934; returned to visit in 1935; continued friendship in England. eds (RPG 211).
  • Alan

    Hodge, Alan
    Oxford history graduate. Became close friends with LR & RG. First husband of Beryl Graves. CP & WG
  • Yeats

    Yeats, William Butler
    (1865-1939) Major Irish poet. eds. Was on the island of Majorca December 1935. WG


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Collected Poems [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney
    • Publisher: Cassell and Co. Ltd
    • Idno: A48
    • Date: 1938
    • Title: [Epitaph on Yeats] [Enclosed in letter to KG from LR; see Friedmann 280]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1939-02-09