In 200-odd pages of verse, prose, image and inscription, David Jones’s The Anethamata explores, and muses on, the development of humankind from its pre-human ancestors; the formation of Europe, both geological and cultural; the nature of human beings as creatures who make things; and, key to it all, faith and the Christian mysteries. There is so much meaning to discover.
Although I want to tell you about a poem, let us begin with objects. I would like you to come with me first to Birmingham, to visit the Staffordshire Hoard. These rich and intricately worked...Read more