The whole of the past

"I’m becoming more and more doubtful as to the validity of this way of carrying on. It’s not just names or being able to pronounce them: it involves a whole complex of associations. So far classical allusions and biblical ones and (in my case) liturgical ones still more or less work, but only more or less, because the whole of the past, as far as I can make out, is down the drain."
- David Jones (c. 1952), in reference to his poem The Anathemata. [see David Jones & the sacrament of art, by Gerald Russello (reg. required)]


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