David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet by Thomas Dilworth

By Thomas Dilworth

As a poet, visible artist and essayist, David Jones is likely one of the nice Modernists. the range of his presents reminds us of Blake – although he's a greater poet and a better all-round artist. Jones was once a unprecedented engraver, painter and writer of painted inscriptions, yet he additionally belongs within the first rank of twentieth-century poets.

Though he was once well known by way of the various best cultural figures of the 20 th century, David Jones isn't recognized or celebrated within the manner that Eliot, Beckett or Joyce were. His paintings was once sometimes as tricky as theirs, however it is simply as worthwhile – and extra quite a few. he's neglected simply because his most sensible writing is imbedded in book-length prose-poems – In Parenthesis and The Anathemata, making it tricky to anthologise; the paintings is educated by means of his Catholic religion and so could suppose retro during this secular age; he was once a shy, reclusive guy, psychologically broken through his time within the trenches, and loathed any type of self-promotion. more often than not, although, he was once a whole and unique poet-artist – sui generis, most unlikely to pigeon-hole – and that has ended in the forget of David Jones: a real genius and the nice misplaced Modernist.

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