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5.0 out of 5 stars Jones's Final Masterpiece, 8 Nov 2005
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This review is from: The Sleeping Lord: And Other Fragments (Paperback)
The Sleeping Lord was the last work published by Jones in his lifetime, and reflected the final pieces that he wished to preserve from writings that had consumed him from before the publication of The Anathemata in 1952. Technically, these poems are, in the main, fragments of an abandoned long poem, but if that makes them sound like an artistic failure, think again.
Here we find some of Jones's most persuasive writing: a cry of despair in "A a a Domine Deus"; a vigorous depiction of a legendary pursuit (but also an affecting image of Britishness) in "The Hunt"; and the title poem, a haunting evocation of the British landscape. "from The Book of Balaam's Ass" harks back to the First World War (the subject of Jones's other long work, In Parenthesis). And the remaining poems, dramatic in conception, bear closer relationship to The Anathemata and the (posthumously published) Roman Quarry fragments.
New readers will find in this slim volume all the evidence needed to substantiate the claim that David Jones was one of the greatest poets of the Twentieth Century.
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The Sleeping Lord: And Other Fragments by David Jones (Paperback - 6 Nov 1995)
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