Home icon. The Works of Robert Graves. Exhibition: 1 April to 17 June 2011.

Cabinet 18: Poetry

Poems, 1953.

Robert Graves, Poems, 1953. London: Cassell, 1953.

Poems, 1953 formed another slim edition of Graves’s poetry which Cassell published in October 1953. Again his foreword is strident:

‘Poems, if they are any good, ought to tell their own story. If they are not, why publish them?’

And these poems were good, and from the ‘fantastically good press’ he felt that

‘people have decided that it is time I was recognized.’

Apart from poems for Judith Bledsoe, it contains his ‘From the Embassy’, where he makes a personal claim as ‘an ambassador of Otherwhere.’