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This early work by James Joyce was originally published in 1927. 'Pomes Penyeach' is a collection of Joyce's poetry. James Joyce was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1882. He excelled as a student at the Jesuit schools Clongowes and Belvedere, and then at University College Dublin, where he studied English, French, and Italian. Joyce produced several prominent works, including: ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 47 pages
Published 1975 by Faber Paperbacks (first published 1927)
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Who knew that James Joyce was also a good poet?
These poems are fully of irony, wit, dark beauty and tongue-in-cheek humour. Loved it.
Sorry, Michelle... :/

I guess I expected something the likes of T.S. Eliot. When they told me that Joyce's poems are quite traditional, I interpreted it as 'quite traditional for Joyce's standards'. And knowing how experimental Joyce's work is on the whole, I thought that 'quite traditional for Joyce's standards' must still be pretty innovative. But these poems failed to enchant me as I had hoped they would. I admit the sound effects were beautiful at places, and the imagery was nice, but I didn'
Cuando Joyce publicó este poemario el precio de venta era doce peniques. Doce peniques por doce poemas, a penique la composición. Si se hubiesen vendido por separado, yo sólo hubiese pagado cinco. Volveré a probar con 'Chamber Music'
James Joyce was first and foremost a Singer, trained in the art of Singing so anyone that can read Pomes Penyeach or Chamber Music and call the Poems "Forgettable" is either tone deaf, has a completely tin ear, no sense of rhythm at all and knows almost nothing about words or simply doesn't like Lyrical Poetry or from a Snob's standpoint views it as too simplistic or failing that is a product of a later, looser, much less interesting (to me) type of Poetry. I have a particular dislike of America ...more
Most of the poems contained herein are short pieces which lag very far behind in the high standards Joyce set himself as a prose writer. the third poem in the collection, for instance, 'A Flower Given to my Daughter' contains some glaring technical errors (ending the opening line with the word "are" chief among them). But technical problems are not the only difficulty I have with the opening poems. Many of them are simply lacking in substance. 'Tilly', for instance, whilst not the deserving of m ...more
Michael Haley
One of history's best writers, the man who gave us Ulysses, also gave us--this. The only poem worth anything is "Alone" and even that's a stretch, so approach this only if Joyce poetry intrigues you and you have fifteen minutes to spare.
Dec 30, 2010 Max rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
i can't decide between 3 or 4's joyce so obviously the language waves the scalpel of a giddy hand - 'leave greasy lips their kissing' and 'night's sindark nave' indeed - but it has this problem that i've noticed in the volumes of a few modernist/descriptive novelists in that his poems just don't feel like poems to me; they lack the irrationale of a poetry that uses words to explore wordlesness, so visions slide off a cliff rather than take you with them. and i hate to say it but it's ...more
Jé Maverick
Obviously not his best work. ;)
I never expected I would like James Joyce this much. Based on what I heard about his novels, I anticipated huge formal experiments (though I didn't find any exceedingly gigantic ones) and strange syntactic constructions. The negligence of those anticipations threw me off guard, and the lyrical descriptions and observations sneaked up on me the way I like to be sneaked up on (by poetry, that is). For those who like poetry: try it!
Fred Pelzer
Joyce seems more interested in the way words come together than the content - there's pleasure to be had in reading this aloud, but the content did not move me. Included in my edition were two satirical poems of his that were also quite funny in their takedowns of Irish writers and publishers.
Nick Black
Frankly, this was godawful. Only James Joyce freaks will have any interest, and they'll be dismayed. Go read "Oxen of the Sun" a fiftieth time and don't bother plunking down the $20 to score a beat-up copy of the one edition available to mortal men.
Jun 28, 2013 i! rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry, joyce
"James Joyce was an innovative novelist but could never get poetry" is a tired, tidy story that's always told about him, but I was pleasantly surprised by these. Chamber Music is pretty dire, though.
Garrett Cash
Nothing of too much interest here, almost instantly forgettable.
Pretty but monotonous and, except for one poem which is only a marginal exception, almost instantly forgettable.
James Joyce can be funny!
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James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish novelist, noted for his experimental use of language in such works as Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). Joyce's technical innovations in the art of the novel include an extensive use of interior monologue; he used a complex network of s
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