The Poetry of James Joyce

The Poetry of James Joyce

Language: English

Pages: 72

ISBN: B00LBHZPL0

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


"The Poetry of James Joyce" is a collection of the greatest poetry written by influential Irish author.

In this new volume are included:

- I Hear an Army

- Chamber Music

- Pomes Penyeach.

With a detailed biography and introduction.

Excerpt from introduction:

Chamber Music is a collection of poems, written by James Joyce, published by Elkin Matthews in May, 1907. The collection originally comprised thirty-four love poems, but two further poems were added before publication ("All day I hear the noise of waters" and "I hear an army charging upon the land"). Although it is widely reported that the title refers to the sound of urine tinkling in a chamber pot, this is a later Joycean embellishment, lending an earthiness to a title first suggested by his brother Stanislaus and which Joyce (by the time of publication) had come to dislike:

"The reason I dislike Chamber Music as a title is that it is too complacent", he admitted to Arthur Symons in 1906. "I should prefer a title which repudiated the book without altogether disparaging it."

Pomes Penyeach, instead, was written over a twenty-year period from 1904 to 1924 and originally published on 7 July 1927 by Shakespeare and Co. for the price of one shilling (twelve pennies) or twelve francs. The title is a play on "poems" and "pommes" (the French word for apples) which are here offered at "a penny each" in either currency. It was the custom for Irish tradespeople of the time to offer their customers a "tilly" (in Irish, tuilleadh) or extra serving – just as English bakers had developed the tradition of the "Baker's dozen", offering thirteen loaves instead of twelve. The first poem of Pomes Penyeach is entitled "Tilly" and represents the bonus offering of this penny-a-poem collection. (The poem was originally entitled "Cabra", after the district of Dublin where Joyce was living at the time of his mother's death.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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