WMR, DGR Designer and Writer, 219-220
Baum, ed., House of Life, 145-146
Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the 1881 Ballads and Sonnets first edition text.
As usual, Baum concentrates on what he calls “the biographic parable”, even as he insists that the sonnet defines a general condition of “Life-thwarted” love. DGR's procedure in all of the “House of Life” sonnets has been to multiply the referential and intertextual connections, thereby—as in this case—emphasizing the complexity of the situation of loving: endless and proliferating pleasure bound up with endless and prolifering frustration and loss.
Four integral manuscripts survive. The earliest is the corrected copy in the Princeton
composite “House of
Life” sequence. Another more lighty corrected copy is in the Fitzwilliam composite
“House of Life”
sequence. There is as well a fair copy in the
Bancroft collection (probably copy text for the 1881 printing), and another in
the “Kelmscott Love
First published in the 1881
and Sonnets and collected thereafter.