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Called by T. S. Eliot one of ‘the most distinguished writers of his generation,’ David Jones was a writer and visual artist of extraordinary depth and vision. His vision of art and aesthetics was caught up in the local and the physical, and yet also expressed deeply his commitment to the historical sweep, spiritual and religious impulses, and sacramental character of art-making, sign-making humanity. This talk reflects on the David Jones’ sensibility primarily through the lens of his poetry.
(The ‘quote’ is adapted from a quote on p178 in Epoch and Artist: Selected Writings, ed. Harman Grisewood, 1959, London, Faber and Faber, 1973)