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David Jones Commentary on Some Poetic Fragments by Christine Pagnoulle

David Jones Commentary on Some Poetic Fragments


David Jones Commentary on Some Poetic Fragments by Christine Pagnoulle

Christine Pagnoulle's commentary provides a detailed study of eight among David Jones's more accessible poems: those pieces in fact which he reluctantly detached from his work-in-progress and released for publication between 1955 and his death in 1974. It elucidates difficult passages, relates them to his other works, whether poems, essays, or drawings, and shows how David Jones's vision of the world in the middle of our century bears on our present concerns. While developing orignal interpretations this commentary also integrates previous critical approaches into a comprehensive overview. It will thus be welcome reading for specialists of David Jones's poetry, and will also be of interest to those readers who are discovering or still have to discover his work.


, . . the primary aim and quality of Mrs Pagnoulle''s book . . . is one of deciphering and explicating. These tasks are scrupulously and sensitively done and will surely be most welcome to all lovers of David Jones''s poetry. -English Studies

About the Author

Christine Pagnoulle teaches English literatures and translation at the University of Liege; she translates contemporary poets as well as technical texts. Her immediate professional interests thus cover the whole range of the written word. She is particularly attracted, however, to those border-territories between poetry and fiction, as exemplified by the novels of William Faulkner or Wilson Harris, and by Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano to which she devoted an earlier study ( L'Age D'Homme, 1977 ).

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Publication date

10th July 1987


Christine Pagnoulle

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University of Wales Press


192 pages


Literary studies: poetry & poets



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