Joyce: Poems and a Play

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This selection of the major poems James Joyce published in his lifetime is accompanied by his only surviving play, Exiles.

Joyce is most celebrated for his remarkable novel Ulysses, and yet he was also a highly accomplished poet. Chamber Music is his debut collection of lyrical love poems, which he intended to be set to music; in it, he enlivens the styles of the Celtic Revival with his own brand of playful irony. Pomes Penyeach, a collection written while Joyce was working on A...

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Overview

This selection of the major poems James Joyce published in his lifetime is accompanied by his only surviving play, Exiles.

Joyce is most celebrated for his remarkable novel Ulysses, and yet he was also a highly accomplished poet. Chamber Music is his debut collection of lyrical love poems, which he intended to be set to music; in it, he enlivens the styles of the Celtic Revival with his own brand of playful irony. Pomes Penyeach, a collection written while Joyce was working on A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, sounds intimately autobiographical notes of passion and betrayal that would go on to resonate throughout the rest of his work. Joyce’s other poems include the moving “Ecce Puer,” written on the occasion of the birth of his grandson, and his fiery satires “The Holy Office” and “Gas from a Burner.”

Exiles was written after Joyce had left Ireland, never to return; it is a richly nuanced drama that reflects a grappling with the state of his own marriage and career as he was about to embark on the writing of Ulysses. In its tale of an unconventional couple involved in a love triangle, Exiles engages Joycean themes of envy and jealousy, freedom and love, men and women, and the complicated relationship between an artist and his homeland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375712333
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 358,153
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Joyce
James Joyce
You know an author is powerful when his name becomes a literary adjective; and "Joycean" is regularly applied to the countless writers James Joyce has influenced as one of the 20th century's greatest writers. His flowing, sometimes musical, often challenging prose -- most famously in the epic Ulysses -- has provoked and inspired readers.

Biography

James Joyce was born in Dublin on February 2, 1882. He was the oldest of ten children in a family which, after brief prosperity, collapsed into poverty. Nonetheless, he was educated at the best Jesuit schools and then at University College, Dublin, where he gave proof of his extraordinary talent.

In 1902, following his graduation, he went to Paris, thinking he might attend medical school there, but he soon gave up attending lectures and devoted himself to writing poems and prose sketches, and formulating an "aesthetic system'." Recalled to Dublin in April 1903 because of the fatal illness of his mother, he circled slowly towards his literary career. During the summer of 1904 he met a young woman from Galway, Nora Barnacle, and persuaded her to go with him to the Continent, where he planned to teach English.The young couple spent a few months in Pola (now in Yugoslavia), then in 1905 moved to Trieste, where, except for seven months in Rome and three trips to Dublin, they lived until June 1915. They had two children, a son and a daughter. His first book, the poems of Chamber Music, was published in London in 1907, and Dubliners, a book of stories, in 1914. Italy's entrance into the First World War obliged Joyce to move to Zürich, where he remained until 1919. During this period he published A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Exiles, a play (1918).

After a brief return to Trieste following the armistice, Joyce determined to move to Paris so as to arrange more easily for the publication of Ulysses, a book which he had been working on since 1914. It was, in fact, published on his birthday in Paris, in 1922, and brought him international fame. The same year he began work on Finnegan's Wake, and though much harassed by eye troubles, and deeply affected by his daughter's mental illness, he completed and published that book in 1939. After the outbreak of the Second World War, he went to live in Unoccupied France, then managed to secure permission in December 1940 to return to Zürich. Joyce died there six weeks later, on 13 January 1941, and was buried in the Fluntern Cemetery.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Date of Birth:
      February 2, 1882
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dublin, Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      January 13, 1941
    2. Place of Death:
      Zurich, Switzerland
    1. Education:
      B.A., University College, Dublin, 1902
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Table of Contents

CHAMBER MUSIC (1907)
 
I Strings in the earth and air
II The twilight turns from amethyst
III At that hour when all things have repose
IV When the shy star goes forth in heaven
V Lean out of the window
VI I would in that sweet bosom be
VII My love is in a light attire
VIII Who goes amid the green wood
IX Winds of May, that dance on the sea
X Bright cap and streamers
XI Bid adieu, adieu, adieu
XII What counsel has the hooded moon
XIII Go seek her out all courteously
XIV My dove, my beautiful one
XV From dewy dreams, my soul, arise
XVI O cool is the valley now
XVII Because your voice was at my side
XVIII O Sweetheart, hear you
XIX Be not sad because all men.
XX In the dark pine-wood
XXI He who hath glory lost, nor hath
XXII Of that so sweet imprisonment
XXIII This heart that flutters near my heart
XXIV Silently she’s combing  
XXV Lightly come or lightly go
XXVI Thou leanest to the shell of night
XXVII Though I thy Mithridates were
XXVIII Gentle lady, do not sing
XXIX Dear heart, why will you use me so?
XXX Love came to us in time gone by
XXXI O, it was out by Donnycarney
XXXII Rain has fallen all the day
XXXIII Now, O now, in this brown land
XXXIV Sleep now, O sleep now
XXXV All day I hear the noise of waters  
XXXVI I hear an army charging upon the land
 
POMES PENYEACH (1927)
1 Tilly
2 Watching the Needleboats at San Sabba
3 A Flower Given to My Daughter
4 She Weeps over Rahoon
5 Tutto è Sciolto
6 On the Beach at Fontana
7 Simples
8 Flood
9 Nightpiece
10 Alone
11 A Memory of the Players in a Mirror at Midnight
12 Bahnhofstrasse
13 A Prayer
 
THE HOLY OFFICE (1904) 
 
GAS FROM A BURNER (1912) 
  
ECCE PUER (1932) 
 
EXILES (1918) 
 
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