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The Collected Poems of Robert Louis Stevenson

R. L. Stevenson
Edited by Roger Lewis

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At last – a complete new edition of the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson.

During his lifetime Stevenson published A Child's Garden of Verses (1885), Penny Whistles, Underwoods (1887) and Ballads (1890). There were also various private press adventures in poetry with his stepson Lloyd Osbourne, and the posthumous Songs of Travel (1895), and New Poems (1918). This new edition contains these collections and also some of Stevenson's printed and manuscript poems that have never been published in any collection. The edition also identifies and restores various poems assembled by Stevenson in his Notebooks, many of which were mutilated by members of The Boston Bibliophile Society.

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Contents

ABRIDGED CONTENTS
Preface by the General Editor
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and Symbols
Concise List of Principal Sources
Chronology
Illustrations
Introduction
THE POEMS
A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES THE CHILD ALONE
GARDEN DAYS
ENVOYS
UNDERWOODS - BOOK I: IN ENGLISH
BOOK II: IN SCOTS
BALLADS
SONGS OF TRAVEL
THE PRIVATE PRINTINGS OF S. L. OSBOURNE & CO.
SELECTED POEMS

POEMS, 1879-80
MORE PIECES IN SCOTS
THE VAILIMA FAMILY
OCCASIONAL VERSE
Textual Notes
Appendices
Glossary of Scots Words
Explanatory Notes
Index of First Lines
General Index
COMPLETE CONTENTS
Preface by the General Editor
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations and Symbols
Concise List of Principal Sources
Chronology
Illustrations
Introduction pp. 1-34
A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES pp. 35-74
Dedication: To Alison Cunningham
I. Bed in Summer
II. A Thought
III. At the Sea-Side
IV. Young Night Thought
V. Whole Duty of Children
VI. Rain
VII. Pirate Story
VIII. Foreign Lands
IX. Windy Nights
X. Travel
XI. Singing
XII. Looking Forward
XIII. A Good Play
XIV. Where Go the Boats?
XV. Auntie's Skirts
XVI. The Land of Counterpane
XVII. The Land of Nod
XVIII. My Shadow
XIX. System
XX.. A Good Boy
XXI. Escape at Bedtime
XXII. Marching Song
XXIII. The Cow
XXIV. Happy Thought
XXV. The Wind
XXVI. Keepsake Mill
XXVII. Good and Bad Children
XXVIII. Foreign Children
XXIX.The Sun's Travels
XXX. The Lamplighter
Time to Rise
XXXV. Looking-glass River
XXXVI. Fairy Bread
XXXVII. From a Farewell to the Farm
XLI. North-west Passage
i. Good night
ii. Shadow March
iii. In Port
THE CHILD ALONE
I. The Unseen Playmate
II. My Ship and I
III. My Kingdom
IV. Picture-books in Winter
V. My Treasures
VI. Block City
VII. The Land of Story-books
VIII. Armies in the Fire
IX. The Little Land
GARDEN DAYS
I. Night and Day
II. Nest Eggs
III. The Flowers
IV. Summer Sun
V. The Dumb Soldier
VI. Autumn Fires
VII. The Gardener
VIII. Historical Associations
To Minnie
V. To My Name-child
VI. To Any Reader
UNDERWOODS pp.73-129
BOOK I: IN ENGLISH
I. Envoy
II. A Song of the Road
III. The Canoe Speaks
IV.'It is the season now to go'
V. The House Beautiful
VI. A Visit from To N.V. de G.S.
XI. To Will H. Low
XII. To Mrs Will H Low
XIII. To H.F. Brown
XIV. To Andrew Lang
XV. Et Tu in Arcadia Vixisti
XVI. To W.E. Our Lady of the Snows
XXIV. 'Not yet, my soul, these friendly fields desert,'
XXV.'It is not yours, O mother to complain,'
XXVI.The Sick Child
XXVII. In Memoriam F.A.S.
XXVIII. To My Father
XXIX. In the States
XXX. A Portrait
The Country of the Camisards
XXXIV. Skerryvore
XXXV. Skerryvore: The 'My body which my dungeon is'
XXXVIII. 'Say not of me that weakly I declined'
'When aince since Aprile has fairly come,'
IV. A Mile an' a Bittock
V. A Lowden Sabbath Morn
VI. The Spaewife
VII. The Blast-1875
VIII. The Counterblast-1886
IX. The Counterblast Ironical
X. Their Laureate to an Academy Class Dinner Club
XI. Embro Hie Kirk
XII. The Scotsman's Return from Abroad
XIII. 'Late in the nicht in bed I lay,'
XIV. My Conscience
XV. To Doctor John Brown
XVI. 'It's an owercome sooth for age an' youth'
BALLADS pp.130-71
The Song of Rahéro.
The Feast of Famine.
Ticonderoga: A Legend of the West Highlands.
Heather Ale: A Galloway Legend.
Christmas at Sea.
Explanatory Notes to Ballads
SONGS OF TRAVEL pp.172-205
I. The Vagabond
II. Youth and Lovefair day and fading light!'
XXVI. If this were Faith
XXVII. My Wife
XXVIII. To the Muse
XXIX. To an Island Princess
XXX. To Kalakua
XXXI. To Princess Kaiulani
XXXII. To XXXV. To My Old Familiars
XXXVI. 'The tropics vanish, and meseems that I,'
XXXVII. To S.C.
XXXVIII. The House of Tembinoka
XXXIX. The Woodman
XL. Tropic Rain
XLI. An End of Travel
XLII.'We uncommiserate pass into the To S.R. Crockett
XLVI. Evensong
THE PRIVATE PRINTINGS OF S.L. OSBOURNE & CO. 206-30
A Martial Elegy for Some Lead Soldiers
Not I and The Foolhardy Geographer
The Angler and the Clown
Moral Tales
Robin and Ben
The Builder's Doom
The Perfect Cure
SELECTED POEMS
SONGS AND LITTLE 'I dreamed of forest alleys fair'
IV. Dawn
V. After Reading 'Antony and X. Love's Vicissitudes
XI. Duddingstone
XII. Prelude
XIII. The Vanquished Knight
XIV. 'Away with funeral music Clerk of the Court
V. Song
VI. Auld Reekie
VII. To C. W. Stoddard
VIII. 'When I was young and drouthy'
IX. 'O dinnae mind the drams ye drink'
X. Athole Brose
XI. Impromptu Verses Presented to Girolamo, Count Nerli
THE VAILIMA FAMILY pp.276-81
I. Mother and Daughter
II. The Daughter
III. 'About my fields, in the broad sun'
IV. 'Tall as a guardsman, pale as the east at dawn,'
V. 'What glory for a boy of ten,'
VI. 'The old lady'
VII. Tusitala
VIII. 'These rings, O my beloved pair,'
OCCASIONAL VERSE pp.282-315
Epistles pp.282-94
Dedications and Presentations pp.295-291
Epigrams and Satire pp.291-305
Miscellaneous Verse pp.306-328
TEXTUAL NOTES pp.329-833
APPENDICES pp.834-43
GLOSSARY OF SCOTS WORDS pp.844-9
EXPLANATORY NOTES pp.850-68
INDEX OF FIRST LINES pp.869-
GENERAL INDEX.

About the Author

Roger Lewis was formerly Professor of English at Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Author of Poems and Drawings of Elizabeth Siddal (The Wombat Press, 1978) and Thomas James Wise and the Trial Book Fallacy (Scolar Press, 1995).

Reviews

A new Collected Poems which is likely to prove the last word... Half of the book is taken up with commentary and notes; every detectable variant of every poem is given...Information on printings, first and subsequent editions, publishers' advances, rare Stevensoniana and much else is provided in abundance...the new Collected Poems is indispensable.
Shows a writer without his public mask, reacting delicately, sensitively, to the world around him.
This is a braw wark eidentlie editit an it taks in a whein o poems never publisht afore.
This new anthology of RLS poetry will come as a delightful surprise to many… it brings a freshness to the work of a great writer who lived in an era of high romanticism.
There is a very real need for this book… it should not only fill an obvious void in Stevenson studies but also generate considerable interest among Stevenson scholars who themselves must reconsider RLS's reputation as a poet.
- Professor Wendy Katz, Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia

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