BF. William Empson


14. Collected Poems. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1949. Enlarged ed., London: Chatto and Windus, 1955. 2nd enlarged ed., 1962. Reprint, with new author’s note, London: Hogarth, 1984.

All editions reprint all poems and notes from Poems (4) and The Gathering Storm(6), along with a new prefatory note. Chinese Ballad, which appears first in the 1962 edition, was ‘translated’ by Empson in 1951 while he was in China, and includes a speaker who, according to a note, is ‘fighting the Japanese’. See also 27.







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