Fall 1984 • Vol. VI No. 4 Book Reviews |

The Poetry of David Jones

The Song of Deeds: A Study of "The Anathemata" of David Jones by Neil Corcoran. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1982. 120 pages. $21.50. David Jones and the Other Wonder Voyagers: Essays by Philip Pacey. Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan: Poetry Wales Press, 1982. 134 pages. $17.95. Admirers of the poetry of David Jones (among whom I am one) regard his work as peer in kind to The Waste Land, Finnegans Wake, The Cantos, and Paterson (a long poem without narrational unity, grounded in specific places and informed by what has happened there—even as it confronts a present crisis—and articulated by voices multiple and polyglot), and regard him as peer in accomplishment (with some judicious hemming and hawing) of Eliot, Joyce, Pound, and Williams. These admirers bring a double demand to criticism of his work. They want it to perform the elucidating function of any good practical criticism: examining the text to characterize its features and structure, and to trace connections interior

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