By Henry Williamson
A Fox less than My Cloak (1954) used to be the 5th access in Henry Williamson's fifteen-volume A Chronicle of historic Sunlight spanning the years from the overdue Victorian interval to the second one international struggle. It follows Phillip Maddison into the good warfare, surviving within the face of terror, from the recognized Christmas Truce of 1914 to the gasoline assaults of the conflict of bogs the next yr. whereas domestic in England on unwell go away Phillip obtains his fee right into a stylish regiment during which his social inadequacies make him the butt of his fellow officers' scorn. but, on my own between them, Phillip has tasted the awful fact of existence, and loss of life, at the Western Front.
'Williamson's sort is romantic, although not often sentimental, and his sensuous reaction to nature is clean and surprising.' Anthony Burgess, Ninety-Nine Novels: the easiest in English when you consider that 1939
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As Herder writes in 1767: Wenn also jede ursprüngliche Sprache, die ein Landesgewächs ist, sich nach ihrem Himmels- und Erdstriche richtet: wenn jede Nationalsprache sich nach den Sitten und der Denkart ihres Volks bildet: so muß umgekehrt die Literatur eines Landes, die ursprünglich und national ist, sich so nach der originalen Landessprache einer solchen Nation formen, daß eins mit dem andern zusammenrinnt. 64 [If then each original language which is the native growth of a country develops in accordance with its climate and region, if each national language forms itself in accordance with the ethics and manner of thought of its people, then conversely, a country’s literature which is original and national must form itself in accordance with such a nation’s original native language in such a way that the two run together.
Indeed, we might even argue that it is the means of creating a poetry that is experientially – rather than referentially – effective. The poem forces upon the reader a linguistic experience that is not dissimilar to that suffered by Chandos: our attention is drawn to the opaque materiality of foreign words which withhold meaning, and which do not so much contrast with the English language as emphasise the fact that the passages in English are often just as strange. 75 As a result, understanding (or having access to translations of ) the non-English passages is by no means a passport to comprehension and clarity even for the multilingual reader: the deliberate strangeness – the shock – of each disjunctive foreign word or phrase, Modernism and Babel 31 serves to emphasise the poem’s resistance to interpretation and comprehension.
It is not to be wondered at, therefore, that he should try to organize this idea by the creation of a polyglot form of expression. Whirling together the various languages, Mr. 95 This is, indeed, very much in keeping with the ethos of transition as a whole. Jolas himself, as a border-dweller of the Franco-German disputed 36 Multilingualism in Modernist Fiction territory of Lorraine, and then as one of the new American immigrants, was consistently fascinated by interlingual mutations and creolisation, upon which he frequently remarks in his autobiography, Man from Babel.
A Fox Under My Cloak (A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, Book 5) by Henry Williamson