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[Typescript Poem] “The Difference”

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Mary Webb. “The Difference.” Typescript poem, one leaf, 4¾″ x 5¾″, white wove paper, mounted on white ruled paper. Twelve lines in two stanzas. The title, written in black ink, may have been added to the sheet at a later date. Webb’s mourning at the death of her father was so intense and prolonged that she suffered long spells of Graves’ disease over the next three years. She turned to poetry as an outlet for her unassuaged sorrow and grief. Webb writes: “Not all the blossom on the branches left / Can fill the place of that sweet bough bereft; . . .”