Transcribed Versions


The "Transcribed" link for each version leads to the location in the source file where the poem appears. Thus, in the case of Version 10 of Behind the Log, clicking on "Transcribed" will take you to page 312 of Collected Poems (1958), where Behind the Log begins.

Screen Layout

The screen consists of two frames. The Transcribed Version is displayed in the bottom frame; a scanned page image is displayed in the top frame.

Page Images

The page images to which the Transcribed Version is linked have been scanned in colour in the case of manuscripts and typescripts, since colour is often crucial in determining the nature and order of revisions. Printed sources have been scanned in black and white, except in cases where colour is used (for example, covers and dust wrappers).


The Transcribed Version precisely reproduces the words and punctuation of the original, without emendations or regularizations; but various conventions are followed with respect to layout.

Punctuation in the typescripts is sometimes followed by single spacing, sometimes by double (it is difficult to make the distinction in the manuscripts). Since, in practice, it is impossible to record these variations accurately, and since they appear to be insignificant, all punctuation in the Transcribed Version is followed by a single space.

There is no attempt to recreate the font of the original or such features as dropped capitals: all transcriptions are in a monospace font, set by the <PRE> command in HTML. This has been done to ensure control over layout, especially indentations and broken lines; eventually, as control of fonts in HTML becomes standardized, a scalable font may be used.

All headings are placed flush left with an indication in square brackets of their location in the original:

There are two reasons for this convention. The first is that without reproducing the fonts and font sizes of the original the placement of headings in relationship to the rest of the text is, at best, approximate. The second is that this procedure makes for much greater clarity in transcribing revisions to manuscripts and typescripts.


In transcribing revisions, the aim has been, not to reproduce the appearance of the page -- this is better done through the page images -- but to record the process of revision: i.e., what has been changed to what.

The cancelled version is enclosed in red angled brackets: <cancelled version>

The location of the revised version is indicated immediately below the cancelled version, as follows:

Other locations (e.g., verso) are explained as they arise.

When, for the sake of clarity, Pratt marks a revision in the margin as well as in one of the locations noted above, the marginal location is not noted.

The revised version is transcribed immediately below the location indicator, in red and enclosed in black square brackets: [revised version]

A red tilde (~) indicates a missing word or words.

A red circumflex (^) indicates missing punctuation.


above the line:

I shall <~> little here about the stragglers. [A] [say]

below the line:

Herded like buffalo <broods> inside the ring. [B] [young]

left margin:

Upon their <native> wit which either had [L] [mother]

right margin:

Or gravel on the <priming> -- fifty fathoms, [R] [arming]


"Torpedo bearing <Green>-four-0." Lookout [O] [green]


(Voices: <^>Is this St.Andrew's Night? [I] ["]

in the margin as well as in another location:

<Fas> 8 knots ut of my old vaskelbalja. [O] [Faa]