David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

11 April 2010

Tears of a Magpie

Friday night
AFL football
two local tribes
St. Kilda v Collingwood
Saints v Magpies
Red Black and White v Black and White

Friday's AGE
It's the sort of headline said to have jinxed the Titanic.

Sure enough, just before half time the great Saint lands badly and seriously tears a hamstring. Simple as that.

One of the great features of AFL football is the players' immediate and respectful embrace of the enemy at the moment battle ceases.

And so it was on Friday night, as depicted here in allegory (compassion, depression, uncertain future) by our artist at the game.

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