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  1. Liam Guilar Liam Guilar says:

    Poets need partisans and David Jones needs them than most Often omitted from histories of British modernism his work is neither well known nor easy to read But there is a sense of disproportion at work in this book; there are far too many superlatives in the claims Dilworth makes for Jones’ work and the ground on which the claims are made seem uestionable The content of the book which is mostly prose paraphrases of the books under discussion seems at odd with the claims Cards on the table; I read In Parenthesis with no difficulty and thought it was one of the best books I’d read about the Great War Despite several serious attempts I cannot finish The Anathemata So I was hoping this book was going to help me with the latter But I don’t think In Parenthesis needs a prose summary and I don’t see that the prose summary adds anything to the reading experience of The Anathemata Dilworth makes huge claims for In Parenthesis and Huge is not a thoughtless collouialism It is ‘the only great epic since Paradise Lost It fulfils all the reuirements of epic including being a narrative poem as of course epic like novels such as War and Peace or Ulysses are notp980’ What makes me uncomfortable about Dilworth’s book is encapsulated in that ‘Of Course’ Is In Parenthesis a poem? And if so on what grounds and what would it mean to read it as poem? Dilworth is emphatic 'Most of In Parenthesis is not in verse yet it is nearly all poetry which is language used to its maximum potential It is an epic poemp20” But if that’s the only definition of poetry on offer which could easily be applied to advertising or sign writing then why isn’t Ulysses a poem Joyce does things with words Jones never approaches And if it is a poem what does that mean for our reading of it? What we get is a 78 page prose paraphrase of the book My Faber edition of the thing itself is only 187 pages long The real uestion that goes begging is if a book or a poem is so difficult to read if it can only be read with copious notes and commentaries does that make it good or written for private pleasure very few can share or does it mean it was simply badly written? A failure of communication interesting only to scholars with career needs?If In parenthesis can stand alone free of scholarly apparatus the latter uestion bangs back like a shutting door with the problems amplified when Dilworth approaches The Anathemata ‘The principal reason for failure to appreciate the greatness of David Jones is general neglect of The Anathemata Most who bother to glance at it find it too daunting yet it is not in the least obscure” p117 If it’s not obscure why did Jones feel the need for notes on almost every page? Why are those notes inadeuate to an understanding of what’s going on and why does Dilworth then have to provide 66 pages of prose paraphrase if the poem is not “obscure’? It is obscure vast amounts of arcane knowledge are casually alluded to as though they were common knowledge As a medievalist as someone who studied Medieval Welsh as someone who’s reasonably knowledgeable about the Legendary History of Britian and the academic modern history of the same period I’d say it is obscure It’s one thing to write ‘In nearly every way The Anathemata is beautiful It is I think one of the greatest works ever written’ But an impartial reader might need convincing that there is something to reward his or her effort I think there’s an odd discrepancy between the poem Dilworth seems to be discussing and the poem you find if you open the faber edition and start readingIf you find yourself on a university course with anything by Jones as a set text you NEED this book Whether it will convince you Jones is worth reading or help you enjoy or understand his writing is a different matter


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Reading David Jones ✮ Reading David Jones Books ✰ Author Thomas Dilworth – Thomashillier.co.uk Hailed as one of the greatest of the modern poets by both T S Eliot and W H Auden David Jones 1895–1974 was an important visual artist one of the most uncategorizable and appreciated native British Hailed as one of the greatest of the modern poets by both T S Eliot and W H Auden David Jones – was an important visual artist one of the most uncategorizable and appreciated native British poets of the twentieth century an essayist and a notable illustrator of poetry and works for children Reading David Jones offers a guided tour of Jones’s notoriously difficult poetry—accompanied by careful explication annotation and commentary—as well as a biographic portrait of this iconic literary figure While contributing to Reading David Kindle - new scholarship on the poet’s work this volume also eases the difficulties inherent in Jones’ modernist form and allusions in order to make his poetry accessible and engaging to the everyday reader .