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IN THE MIDST

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Original Source:

The Baroness' poems and papers are contained in the Archives and Manuscripts Department at the University of Maryland Libraries. Complete papers cover the period from 1917-1933 and consist of manuscripts, drafts, notes, correspondence, drawings and photographs.

Textual transcription and analysis of the seven poems encoded here were undertaken in Fall 2003 by graduate students in William H. Sherman 's English 601 class, "Literary Research and Critical Contexts."

Text editing of "In the Midst" was performed by Alice Ko .

Witness A: GIVINGTO PERMIT ON BOARD SHIP TO VOMIT ()
Witness B: IN THE MIDST ()
Witness C: IN THE MIDST () ()

Textual Notes: There are three versions of this poem. As thought by the editor, Version A seems to be the first draft and Version C appears to be the last. Version A is not properly titled "In the Midst," but rather incorporates a line later appearing in the poem; "To Permit on Ship to Vomit." The poem and its variations are undated and previously unpublished.

The following is an excerpt from Alice Ko's transcription rationale:

The process of creating a “scholarly” edition of one of the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s poems was truly a challenge. To be honest, simply deciding what kind of edition to create was one of the hardest parts of the whole experience. Flipping through Greetham’s Textual Scholarship was not overly helpful, since he has a tendency to focus on texts that come in fancy scripts and old variants of the English language – creating a parallel old and modern English spelling edition clearly was not an option; likewise, the differences in various versions of the poem were not substantial enough to warrant a parallel-text edition. I made a brief foray into the world of genetic editing, but soon realized that my grasp of editorial marks and conventions was far too limited to even begin to try to relate the various levels of the Baroness’s editing processes in a single document (without rendering the entire document unreadable). Once I had made the decision to take a hybrid approach (combining a genetic presentation of transcriptions with a clear-text version of the poem with an inclusive text apparatus), then I had to deal with all the other issues that came with the task, such as capitalization, font effects, and how to present things in a textual apparatus.

Read Alice Ko's essay "On Editing the Baroness’s 'In the Midst'."

Additions appear in a green, fixed-width font. Deletions appear in a red, fixed-width font with strikethrough.

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All annotations by Ko, Alice except those explicitly prefaced with "Encoder's Note."

Published by Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries

Researchers can gain access to the Papers of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven in the Maryland Room, Hornbake Library, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20742

"In the Midst" manuscripts located in Series III, Box 2, Folder 50; microfiche id numbers 4/338-4/343.

Special Collections at the University of Maryland provides more information about the microfilm edition of the papers.

Images and manuscripts drafts of this poem may not be reproduced or downloaded and used on another site without the explicit permission of UMD Archives. They may not be reproduced or downloaded and used on another site without the explicit permission of UMD Archives. Though the intellectual property of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven is in the public domain, all annotations and editorial commentary are copyrighted.


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DTD constructed from TEI poetry base with tagsets for linking, figures, analysis, transcr, textcrit.


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IN THE MIDST
IN THE MIDST

1 IF W BREEZE UNSETTLED CW OULD STOP MOP
1 IF BREEZE WILL STOP MOP
1 IF BREEZE WILL STOP MOP
2 AZURE SKY WITH EVERY EACH SINGLE ONE ONE EACH TREETOP AND AND
2 AZURE ROOF WITH EACH TREETOP AND BUNCHED ALL AND ALL ALL TOGETHER
2 AZURE ROOF WITH EACH TREETOP
3 STIRRING ALTOGETHER
3
3 AND ALLTOGETHER!
4 SH MAKING SIGHT NOISE BY IT
4 STIRRING UP SIGHT NOISE BY IT
4 STIRRING UP SIGHT NOICE BY IT -
5 THAT {THAT} ON BOARD SHIP IS IT IS PERMIT TO SPIT
5 ON BOARD SHIP TO PERMIT TO VOMIT INTO WEATHER
5 ON BOARD SHIP -
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6 TO PERMIT -
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7 TO VOMIT -
8 INTO WEATHER IF GIVING ING
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8 INTO WEATHER
9 VOMIT
9
9
10
10 SPIT
10 SPIT -
11 INTO DRAGON GREEN BILLOWS GUFFAWING FROTH
11 INTO DRAGONGREEN BILLOWS GUFFAWING FROTH
11 INTO DRAGONGREEN BILLOWS GUFFAWING FROTH -
12 I -
12 I,
12 I -
13 AIN'T LOATH A BIT
13 AINT LOATH
13 AIN'T LOATH TO ADMIT:
14 ALONG WITH I TO ADMIT
14 TO TO ADMIT - IT MEBEE IT'S IT MAYBE
14
15 IT LIFE COULD BE BIT WORTH WHILE IF
15 IT COULD MAYBE BE WORTH
15 IT MAYBE WORTH
16 TO NURSE LIFE EXISTENCE PLUCKY TO {PILE}
16 EXISTENCE TO NURSE
16 EXISTENCE TO NURSE
17 ALONG WITH LINKED TO NATIVE SHEETIRONHEARTH
17 ALONG WITH NATIVE SHEETIRONHEARTH
17 ALONG WITH NATIVE SHEETIRONHEARTH
18 IN CABIN IN OF KENTUCKY


18 IN CABIN IN KENTUCKY


18 IN CABIN IN KENTUCKY


19 IF IT SH SH OULD IT IT { URGE } STIR BREEZE { .. } DROP QUELL TO LIE TO PRONE TO DIE
19 SHOULD IT QUELL TO LIE PRONE TO DIE BY LUSH STILLNESS
19 SHOULD IT QUELL TO LIE PRONE TO DIE - - -
20 I CONFESS GUESS
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20
21 I AINT SHY ON GUESS
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22 LUSH IT C W OULD PLUCKY BE SPELL NURSED BY ME PLUCKY UP ROARING PLUCKY SUCCESS ALONE IMMENSE JOLLINESS OF BUSINESS IN HAPPINESS LIFE's PILGRIMS PROGRESSOF JOLLY IMMENSE
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22
23 B{.}Y {....D} {F.E..N.D.} STILLNESS ALONE
23 BY THAT ALONE
23 THAT ALONE
24 OF BACKWOODS IN KENTUCKY
24
24
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25 WILL COULD {I} GUESS {IT} SPELL S I GUESS IGUESS'LL REDRESS
25 I GUESS'LL
26 YEA [B]UT BY ME PLUCKY
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27 SPELL REDRESS
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28 IN MESS
28 IN MESS
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29 OF LIFE S CHESS
29 OF LIFECHESS
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30 BY LUSH STILLNESS
30 BY LUSH STILLNESS
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31 OF CHESSBOARD BACKWOODS SULTRY OF KENTUCKY


31 OF SULTRY KENTUCKY


32
32 SAY
32 SAY!
33 BUT BUT {HELL} WITH O SAY THAT EVER BRAZEN MUNOTONOUS ELEMENT AYELL MOANINGLY
33 WITH THAT BRAZEN MONOTONOUS ELEMENT AYELL
33 WITH THAT BRAZEN MONOTONOUS ELEMENT-AYELL!
34 AMOANING ARENDING AMOANING ABENDING AHOPPINH ASWEEPING P A OPPING
34 APOPPING AMOPPING APOUNDING AMOANING ARENDING ABENDING ASWEEPING AHOPPING
34 AMOANING-
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35 ARENDING -
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36 ABENDING -
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37 ASWEEPING -
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38 AHOPPING -
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39 APOPPING AMOPPING APOUNDING
39 APOPPING -
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40 AMOPPING
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41 APOUNDING -
42 ustering THAT { .......} TROMPE AMOPPING D BLARE STAB SCREECH BLUE SKY
42 THAT TRUMPETBLARE STABSCREECHBLUE BLUSTERING
42 THAT TRUMPETBLARE STABSCREECHBLUE BLUSTERING


43 BL AZING { THE R....Y CRUEL } SKY FIRMAMENT
43 FIRMAMENT ETERNAL INFERNAL { P R } ETERNAL
43 FIRMAMENT - ETERNAL
44
44 SUR ROUNDING SURRDOUNDING ALL ETERNAL INFERNAL
44 ROUNDING - SURROUNDING - INFERNAL
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45 ALL WEE ME - GEE ! PAL ETERNAL GEE! PAL - GEE
45 ALL WEE ME - - - -
46
46
46 GEE!
47 {=}{=}SAY HONEST NAY
47 HONEST
47 HONEST
48
48 NAY - (SHIT)
48 NAY -
49
49
49 (SHIT!)
50 NA CROSS MY NAVELPIT
50 CROSS MY NAVELPIT - (SHIT)
50 CROSS MY NAVELPIT -
51 SHIT OH
51
51
52 ITS DAMNED HELL THAT A WAY
52 IT'S HELL THAT WAY
52 IT'S HELL
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53
53 THAT-A-WAY -
54 SHIT AL - AINT IT?
54 AIN'T IT IN
54 AIN'T IT
55 IN SPARTA KENTUCKY
55 SPARTA KENTUCKY?
55 IN SPARTA - KENTUCKY?
56 DUCKY ? { SHIT }
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56 E.v.FL.
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