When DGR began to conceive how to organize an 1881 publication of his original poetry, this grouping of poems was not part of his plans. As he got further into the project, he realized that his original purpose—to issue an augmented edition of his 1870 volume—would not be feasible. So he set about completing a body of verse that would fill two volumes. See the commentaries for the Poems. A New Edition and for the Ballads and Sonnets volumes.