David Jones

A Commentary Some Poetic Fragments

Christine Pagnoulle

Christine Pagnoulle

Distributed for University of Wales Press

162 pages | 8-3/5 x 5-1/2 | © 1987
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780708309629 Published July 1987 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Christine Pagnoulle's commentary provides a detailed study of eight among David Jones's more accessible poems: those pieces in fact which he reluctantly detached from his work-in-progress and released for publication between 1955 and his death in 1974. It elucidates difficult passages, relates them to his other works, whether poems, essays, or drawings, and shows how David Jones's vision of the world in the middle of our century bears on our present concerns. While developing orignal interpretations this commentary also integrates previous critical approaches into a comprehensive overview. It will thus be welcome reading for specialists of David Jones's poetry, and will also be of interest to those readers who are discovering or still have to discover his work.
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“She blends criticism with exegesis in a readable and informative study.” –Stand
English Studies

“ . . . the primary aim and quality of Mrs Pagnoulle's book . . . is one of deciphering and explicating. These tasks are scrupulously and sensitively done and will surely be most welcome to all lovers of David Jones's poetry.” –English Studies

Contents
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
1  'PARCHED JUDAEAN WALL' AND 'MOVING WALL OF MIST:' INVITATION TO A GUIDED TOUR
 
2  THE WALLS OF THE WORLD
     'The Wall'
     'The Dream of Private Clitus'
     'The Narrows'
 
3  RAM AND LAMB: THE FACT OF EMPIRE AND ITS COUNTERSIGN
     'The Fatigue'
     'The Tribune's Visitation'
     'The Tutelar of the Place'
 
4  THE RECOLLECTION OF THE LAND
     'The Hunt'
     'The Sleeping Lord'
 
5  CONCLUSION: 'THE SWAYING TRELLIS OF THE DANCE'
 
NOTES
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
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