➥ [Epub] ➟ Reading David Jones By Thomas Dilworth ➯ – Horse-zine.co.uk

Reading David Jones summary Reading David Jones, series Reading David Jones, book Reading David Jones, pdf Reading David Jones, Reading David Jones fd083c995b 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 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

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    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 questionable 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 colloquialism It is the only great epic since Paradise Lost It fulfils all the requirements of epic, including being a narrative poem, as of course, epic like novels such as War and Peace or Ulysses are not p980 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 poem p20 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 question 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 question 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 inadequate 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 reading.If 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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