A "Finnegans Wake" Alphabet Book for the "Abcedminded"
Bill Cole Cliett
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James Joyce maintained, despite the intricately contrived complexities of his final work, that "Finnegans Wake" was a funny book and meant to make readers laugh. Despite this, it is still approached from an academic angle by scholars writing in a serious, studious style. A “Finnegans Wake” Alphabet Book for the “Abcedminded” attempts to lighten the language when writing about Joyce’s challenging masterpiece through a collection of short rhymes enlightening some of those unique words Joyce coined for his comic creation, words that form a language labeled Wakese. This Kindle Single highlights some of the fun to be had both at and with "Finnegans Wake".
21st Century, it retains that title still. It would, in fact, be difficult to imagine what would replace it, but there are still 88 years yet to go. Much like matter and antimatter, the Wake, most often described as unreadable, is the evil twin of Joyce’s Ulysses, the 20th Century’s fair-haired boy that has most often been selected as that century’s greatest novel, a book of light versus a book of the dark. The Wake’s difficulties are legendary and many books as well as many more essays have
disparagingly referred to Finnegans Wake as a “Wholesale Safety Pun Factory” and Joyce, proudly referring to his book, said, “Such a book, all in puns!” When asked “Aren’t many of your puns trivial?” Joyce replied, “Yes, and many are quadrivial.” “dimb” D is for the “dimb” Who’s both dumb and dim. One simply stupid Can out master him. “(There was a wall of course in erection) Dimb!” FW 6.9; “a landescape from Wildu Picturescu or some seem on some dimb Arras” (Oscar Wilde’s
that hoppy-go-jumpy Junuary morn when he colluded with the cad out on the beg” FW 332.25 This is one of the many accounts of HCE’s midnight encounter with the Cad in Phoenix Park that brought on unproven charges of sexual improprieties after the Cad’s wife let the cat out of the bag. K “kniejinksky” K’s for “kniejinksky,” A guy on his toes, Leaping through windows While holding a rose. “Dawncing the kniejinksky choreopiscopally like an easter sun round the colander,
for “painapple.” Eve and Adam ate That “forebitten” fruit And pain was their fate. “who kennot tail a bomb from a painapple when he steals one” FW 167.15; “when Adam Leftus and the devil took our hindmost, gegifting her with his painapple” FW 246.29 Pain in childbirth was one consequence of eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Pineapple is slang for a bomb. “persins” P is for “persins,” Persons who did sin By “eaden” an apple, How sin did begin.
Murray Gell-Mann, predictor of the elementary particles that make up neutrons and protons and who named them quarks, writes: “In one of my occasional perusals of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce, I came across the word ‘quark,’” and “the number three fitted perfectly the way quarks occur in nature.” “Quiztune” Q is for “quiztune;” The question is this— Name that tune in one Note and you cannot miss. “If the proverbial bishop of our hold and undivided with this me ken or no