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[Typescript Poem] “Foxgloves”

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Mary Webb. “Foxgloves.” Typescript poem, one leaf, 8″ x 10″, white wove watermarked paper. Twenty lines, one correction. Piece torn from upper left corner. With Webb’s name, and a pencil annotation, both crossed out. The foxglove, a wildflower characteristic of Shropshire, is associated with magic, elfdom, and folklore. Notice Webb’s beautiful yet sinister description of the flower—'lolling tongue' and 'mottled throat.' Webb wove the symbolism of the foxglove into her novels Gone to Earth and Precious Bane.