Autumn Song (WMR's fair copy, five stanza version)


Production Description

Document Title: The Fall of the Leaf
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Collation: 1 small leaf
Scribe: WMR
Corrector: WMR


Current Location: South African National Gallery

Physical Description

Paper: cream laid paper
Dimensions of Document: 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.

Scholarly Commentary


This early holograph manuscript copy of the sonnet represents the longer, five stanza version of the poem. It is virtually identical to the copy DGR sent to his mother in the letter referred to by WMR in the note to the poem he has written across the top of this manuscript. In fact, this copy, which is in WMR's hand, was almost certainly made from the manuscript letter. The corrections represent WMR's changes to his initial transcription.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 7-1848.sangms.rad.xml
Copyright: By permission of the South African National Gallery