Doctor Donne & Gargantua

Doctor Donne & Gargantua

Doctor Donne & Gargantua

Doctor Donne & Gargantua

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The first three Cantos of Doctor Donne and Gargantua have been previously published, but the whole of the second half of this volume is now printed for the first time.

This poem, as now presented, has been worked on at intervals over the last ten years. The first portion of it was published in1921, and the whole project was undertaken deliberately as a material likely to occupy congenial moments over a long stretch of years. Certain brusqueries of style have been purposely and conscientiously left as they stand, for they act as a foreshortening and curb the sentimentality which it is not easy to avoid in a long poem. There is not space here to enter into certain technical problems connected with the extension and bridging of imagery, but the notes at the end of the book have been written to give clues where there seemed to be any particular difficulty. The whole poem is a contest between good and evil, between the spiritual and the physical, and that having been said there should be little else to understand that is not supplied by the notes.

Weston 26 January 1930 . . .

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