This is a volume which has grown out of a project which represents the in collection and classification. At Buffalo University, there has been founded in the Leakwood Memorial Library, a collection of the ""work sheets' as well as complete of the published works of English poets. This is the counterpart of what was recently exhibited at the Whitney Museum, namely, x-ray pictures of Albert P. Ryders' paintings show the trial and error versions existing underneath the finished picture- the proactive process at work. The Buffalo University project was launched by Prof. Charles Abbott, and the major portion of the book consists of four essays appraising the work of Dr. Abbott and his associates. The first and most rational and approving is by Donald Stauffer of Princeton. He picks lucid examples of ""worksheets"", laboriously gathered from often reluctant poets, and indicates the value of studying the process of growth in a poem...The next article is a brilliant one by Karl Shapiro, who elusively takes up the same point and manages to say many illuminating things about poetry in general. The third is by Rudolf Arnheim, professor of psychology at Sarah Lawrence, who suggests that the undertaking is one phase of our interest in our own thought processes. In the last essay, Mr. Auden mockingly begs the issue and sets down a few witty aphorisms about poetry, poets, advertising, the 20th century, etc. ...The book is provocative. It will be read and discussed by poets, students, sociologists, folk.