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By Thomas Dilworth

As a poet, visible artist and essayist, David Jones is without doubt one of the nice Modernists. the range of his presents reminds us of Blake – notwithstanding he's a greater poet and a better all-round artist. Jones used to be 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 famous via a few of the most interesting cultural figures of the 20th century, David Jones isn't identified or celebrated within the manner that Eliot, Beckett or Joyce were. His paintings used to be sometimes as tough as theirs, however it is simply as lucrative – and extra numerous. he's ignored 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 proficient by way of his Catholic religion and so might suppose retro during this secular age; he was once a shy, reclusive guy, psychologically broken by way of his time within the trenches, and loathed any form of self-promotion. in most cases, although, he was once a whole and unique poet-artist – sui generis, most unlikely to pigeon-hole – and that has ended in the overlook of David Jones: a real genius and the good misplaced Modernist.

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