Patrick McGuinness: Donald Davie
20 January 2000
Show More With the Grain: Essays on Thomas Hardy and Modern British Poetry by Donald Davie.
Carcanet, 346 pp., £14.95, October 1998, 1 85754 394 7Show More
“... inviting,’ he says of David Jones, but the phrase holds true for Davie, too, in a book which has room not only for Larkin, Betjeman, Auden and Housman but for Bunting, J.H. Prynne and RoyFisher, and which takes time to confront the impact (‘in languages other than their own’) of Pasternak and Pound. With Davie, such words as ‘provincial’, ‘insular’, ‘tradition’ fight back ...”