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In Parenthesis is a multilayered thicket of fractured modernist language and Celtic and Catholic myth, with a verbal music that should really be a warning light to any composer, let alone a librettist.
“Documentary presented by writer Tim Kendall which tells the remarkable story of the First World War soldier-poet who broke all the rules. Ivor Gurney wasn’t an officer but a private who bizarrely joined up in the hope that the ordered army life would help ease a mental health condition. Initially this shock therapy worked, but he was eventually shot and gassed and spent the last 15 years of his life in an asylum.”
David Jones was an epic poet and his recollection of his war experiences, an epic poem entitled In Parenthesis, was first published by Faber and Faber in 1937, with a foreword by T.S. Eliot (then a partner in that publishing house) who called it “a work of genius.”In Parenthesis defies classification. A “proem” or a piece of epic “proesy”, In Parenthesis can read for pages (and pages) like some kind of disjointed post-Modern novel. It goes almost whole sections without traditional poetical line-breaks. It was heavily influenced by James Joyce—especially Ulysses,
Source: David Jones: The Greatest War Poet From the Greatest War |Blogs | NCRegister.com
The privileged poets of the Great War are those who fought in it—Rosenberg, Owen, Sassoon. This is natural and human, but it is not fair. Kipling is one of the finest poets of the War, but he writes as a parent, a civilian, a survivor—all three of them compromised positions.
Source: “Our fathers lied”: Rudyard Kipling as a war poet | OUPblog
Welsh National Opera has announced that WNO have commissioned Iain Bell to compose an operatic adaptation of David Jones’ World War One epic poem ‘In Parenthesis’ to mark both the company’s 70th anniversary and the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. ‘In Parenthesis’ will be scored for the full forces of the WNO orchestra and chorus and will receive its world premiere in Cardiff in 2016 with two further performances at the Royal Opera House.
Source: Official website of composer Iain Bell | OPERA