The Anathemata

Welcome to The Anathemata website

This website is the result of a number of years study of The Anathemata. It presents David Jones’ text and notes (but not his Preface) in a way that allows you to see the text either with or without any commentary, either his or mine. I have also included an essay on my interpretation, a work which is subject to continuous addition and revision. There is also a set of tools which allow you to find particular words or phrases in the text, or where particular ideas are expressed; also a KWIC (keyword in context) index which shows all occurrences of a particular word in its immediate context. For more details you should read my introduction to the website for instructions on how to use it.


What do you want to do?

read my introductory remarks to this website
or download it as pdf by right-clicking this button

(you will need to read this to make best use of the website)


read my introductory remarks to the poem
or download it as pdf by right-clicking this button

(this is an essay called ‘An Atheist looks at The Anathemata ’ which presents a short version of my interpretation of the poem)


begin reading at the cover page of The Anathemata


go straight to the introduction to a particular Section

Rite and Fore-time
Middle-sea and Lear-sea
The Lady of the Pool
Keel, Ram, Stauros
Mabinog’s Liturgy
Sherthursdaye and Venus day


go straight to a particular page of the published text


open the toolbox


Comments on this site are welcome. Email me at


John Dobson

Feast of the Epiphany (6 January) 2019