The Sleeping Lord: And Other Fragments

The Sleeping Lord And Other Fragments The Sleeping Lord is perhaps the best introductory volume to Jones s work the contours can be seen most clearly here and the textures though rich are less elaborate than in The Anathemata since th

  • Title: The Sleeping Lord: And Other Fragments
  • Author: David Jones
  • ISBN: 9780571174492
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sleeping Lord is perhaps the best introductory volume to Jones s work the contours can be seen most clearly here, and the textures, though rich, are less elaborate than in The Anathemata, since there is an open, dramatic quality running through the book Peter Scupham, New StatesmanPublished months before David Jones s death in 1974, and modestly presented by the au The Sleeping Lord is perhaps the best introductory volume to Jones s work the contours can be seen most clearly here, and the textures, though rich, are less elaborate than in The Anathemata, since there is an open, dramatic quality running through the book Peter Scupham, New StatesmanPublished months before David Jones s death in 1974, and modestly presented by the author himself as a collection of fragments , The Sleeping Lord continued the exploration of themes begun by its predecessors In Parenthesis and The Anathemata Set mainly in different parts of the Roman Empire, either in the Holy Land or on the Celtic fringes, animated by his Catholic faith and by his own experiences as a soldier, formidably erudite and of a visionary intensity, the book springs from a lifetime s concern with questions of history, culture and religion Mysterious, musical and alive with a sense of the wilderness and the elements, the poems show the startling development of Jones s imagination in his later years.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. There are some quite exceptional passages in this, particularly in the poem entitled 'The Sleeping Lord'. "Does the land wait the sleeping lord - or is that wasted land the very lord who sleeps?" Perhaps the best Arthurian work of the 20th century.

    3. Jones is a rather enigmatic poet/painter producing no easy to grasp poetry with many allusions to classical works, celtic myth and religious cult. Even without the manifold notes an absolute wonderful experience to read and re-read.

    4. One of several amazing works by David Jones in which I am currently immersed. I've been meaning to read Jones for a couple of years, and now I'm just sorry I waited this long. Like discovering a new major river.

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