This fills an important gap in the canon of Peake's works in print. Although written after the Second World War, the poem uses it for its theme. While its central characters, the sailor and the child are symbolic, this was not consciously planned. Peake said of the poem that it shows man's continuing hopefulness in adversity.
Used availability for Mervyn Peake's The Rhyme of the Flying Bomb
November 1973 : UK Hardback
June 1973 : USA Hardback