Sunday, July 15, 2012

J is for Joyce

                                              J is for Joyce

From the clear prose of his short story collection Dubliners (1914) and stream-of-consciousness novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), to the exuberant feast of language – puns, allusions, figures of speech, argot – of his masterpieces Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939), James Joyce changed world literature while putting Irish literature on the map.

Joyce is less well known for his poems, like this one, written July 6, 1927, and published in Pomes, Penyeach:

On the Beach at Fontana

Wind whines and whines the shingle,
The crazy pierstakes groan;
A senile sea numbers each single
Slimesilvered stone.

From whining wind and colder
Grey sea I wrap him warm
And touch his trembling fineboned shoulder
And boyish arm.

Around us fear, descending
Darkness of fear above
And in my heart how deep unending
Ache of love!

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