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Collected Poems [Paperback]

James Joyce
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21 Mar 2012
2012 Reprint of Original 1957 Edition. Exact facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Includes three poems: "Chamber Music," "Pomes Penyeach" and "Ecce Puer" Joyce is considered one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominently the stream of consciousness technique he perfected. Joyce also published a number of books of poetry. His first full-length poetry collection "Chamber Music" (referring, Joyce explained, to the sound of urine hitting the side of a chamber pot) consisted of 36 short lyrics. Other poetry Joyce published in his lifetime includes "Gas From A Burner" (1912), Pomes Penyeach (1927) and "Ecce Puer" (written in 1932 to mark the birth of his grandson and the recent death of his father). It was published by the Black Sun Press in Collected Poems (1936).


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Martino Fine Books (21 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614272670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614272670
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 834,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The eldest of ten children, James Joyce was born in Dublin on the 2nd of February 1882. Despite his family being impoverished by his father's failings as a business man, Joyce was educated at the best Jesuit schools and later in 1898 at University College Dublin. His first published work was a review on Ibsen's play When We Awaken in the Fortnightly Review in 1900. Upon graduating, Joyce moved to Paris in pursuit of a medical career. Before long, he gave up attending lectures and devoted himself to literature. He returned to Dublin as a result of the fatal illness of his mother and shortly afterwards, in 1904, Joyce met Nora Barnacle who was later to become his wife. The young couple travelled to the continent and in 1905 settled in Trieste where they were to remain until 1915. Joyce's first book Chamber Music was published in 1907 as a book of poetry and Dubliners followed in 1914.

The Joyces had two children; Giorgio, born 1905 and Lucia in 1907. Lucia was to develop a disturbing mental illness which greatly affected the family and would remain a prominent factor for the rest of Jocye's life. During the First World War Joyce moved to Zurich where he remained until 1919 when he moved to Paris to work on what is widely understood as his greatest and most prodigious work, Ulysses. After being worked on for eight years, Ulysses was published in Paris in 1922 on Joyces Birthday. It could be true to say that in Ulysses, Joyce attempts to 'know' everything and to add to this 'knowledge' by creating his own language. Joyce's highly experimental and revolutionary work positioned him firmly as one of the key figures of modernism.

As spoken to Georges Borach, one of Joyce's students in Zurich, Joyce comments that 'there are indeed hardly more than a dozen themes in world literature. Then there is an enormous number of combinations of these themes.' He goes on to denounce all the thinkers of the last 200 years and to position Aristotle as the 'greatest thinker of all time.' Such statements are testimony to Joyce's determination in his quest for knowledge, to know what knowledge was and to challenge it. Joyce greatly admired authors such as Dante, D'Annunzio and Ibsen.

Joyce was greatly admired by many authors including Italo Svevo, author of Zeno's Conscience who he met in Trieste and, Samuel Beckett who he met in Paris.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait 8 May 2013
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Quite difficult to find now, this edition completes my Joyce collection, containing, as it does all his poems. It displays his excellent grasp of the English language. It is a must for Joyce devotees, and so reasonably priced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic For an Enthusiast 12 Feb 2014
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It's a thin, well printed collection of 2 collections of his work, and 1 individual poem.

Pros:
- Well printed
- Loads of space around the poem for personal annotations
- Cheap! 5$! You've got to be kitten me! (Meow)

Cons:
- Pomes Penyeach does not have Lucia's drawings
- Lacking scholarly annotations and references for things I might miss

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I'm a high school English teacher, and I play to use some of these poems to introduce students to Joyce's physical imagery and verbal world play. I'm not a scholar, so I cannot verify the accuracy of the printed words. However, I can say that for 5$, you don't have anything to lose. It's an excellent little book that you can blow through in an hour. It has fantastic poetry that non-Joycians can appreciate. You don't have to be clicking your heals to read Proteus to enjoy this work.
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