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[Typescript Poem] “The Elfin Valley”

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Mary Webb. “The Elfin Valley.” Typescript poem, two leaves, 10¼″ x 8″, white wove watermarked paper, pinned together at upper-left corner. Twenty-four lines in four stanzas, three corrections. Small holes in upper-left corners and ink blotches in margins. Mary Webb was a nature poet from first to last, not merely descriptive but visionary. This poem about the spellbound land in the drowsy summer illustrates the intimate kinship that Mary felt with her Shropshire countryside.