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Book Title: The Sleeping Lord: And Other Fragments|
Edition: Faber Faber
Date of issue: November 6th 1995
ISBN 13: 9780571174492
The author of the book: David Jones
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 360 KB
Read full description of the books The Sleeping Lord: And Other Fragments:David Jones was an artist and modernist poet. This book is a collection of short poems and of fragments from uncompleted longer projects. It opens with one of the best short religious poems of the 20th century, about the search for a God who constantly is hidden. Other works in the book draw heavily on David Jones' experiences of soldiering in WW1 and on the language of privates and NCOs. He conflates time, so that, for instance, Roman and WW1 references occur side by side, and in the background is often the Crucifixion. He is not an easy poet - he is erudite, sometimes unnecessarily so, and incorporates Welsh and Latin words and lots of learned references - but his is a unique voice, and he is well worth reading. The title poem, the Sleeping Lord, can be read on a number of levels and is one of the most rich works in the book.
Read information about the authorDavid Jones is one of the finest modernist poets. He was born in London in 1895 and was both a painter and a poet. His reputation as a poet rests largely on two works: In Parenthesis and The Anathemata. The former is a deeply moving account of Jones' experiences in the trenches in the First World War.
In Parenthesis won the prestigious Hawthornden Prize in 1938. In his preface to the 1961 edition, T S Eliot had no hesitation in including Jones along with Joyce, Pound and himself as a premier exponent of literary modernism. The poem is a mixture of prose and verse and is accompanied by Jones' notes. What stands out is the fundamental decency and humanity of those men as they made their way to the slaughter on the front line. This journey is described with such brilliance that the reader becomes immersed in the moment and almost forgets the horrors that await. The notes are equally remarkable and could make a poem in themselves.
W H Auden callled The Anathemata "Very probably the finest long poem written in English in this century" and it is a remarkable work, packed full of the 'mixed data' referred to above and providing a dizzying tour of our cultural past. This too has notes provided by Jones and a long introduction which both explains and justifies the nature of its composition.
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