The Greatest Poem of World War One: David Jones's In Parenthesis

The Greatest Poem of World War One: David Jones's In Parenthesis
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Summary

Poet and author Owen Sheers traces the inspirations behind David Jones's In Parenthesis, the celebrated First World War poem that received acclaim from the likes of TS Eliot and WH Auden. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Jones only published his magnus opus in 1937, some 19 years after the end of the Great War, but the poem reflected the the entirety of his wartime experiences. Having remains a private throughout the whole conflict, Jones was uniquely equipped to detail the realities of life on the front-lines, and he fought for longer than any other British writer. Here, Sheers reads key passages, and tracks the construction of the epic poem from pomp and order of the English parade ground to the carnage of the Somme, and the horrors of Jones's campaign in Mametz Wood in northern France. Includes contributions by Simon Armitage.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Owen Sheers
Director Ian Michael Jones
Producer Ian Michael Jones
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