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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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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
Jun 07, 2013 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013, poetry
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'
Mar 27, 2014 Mat rated it it was amazing
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.
Robin Helweg-Larsen
Jan 13, 2017 Robin Helweg-Larsen rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
That Joyce would have written and published formal poetry seems out of keeping with his image of the writer of chaotic language, but the poems he wrote in the early 20th century are in the language of the time... moderated by his rich words.

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

His poetry is often repetitive, but occasionally rich and memorable. Another of his slim volumes, "Chamber Music", is arguably more interesting t
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
Dec 30, 2010 Max rated it it was ok
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
Mar 20, 2013 Misha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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!
Dec 15, 2012 i! rated it really liked it
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.
Nick Black
Jun 26, 2008 Nick Black rated it did not like it
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.
Fred Pelzer
Sep 13, 2013 Fred Pelzer rated it liked it
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.
Michael Haley
Jun 12, 2015 Michael Haley rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 05, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Pretty but monotonous and, except for one poem which is only a marginal exception, almost instantly forgettable.
Mar 15, 2016 Neha rated it liked it
The sly reeds whisper to the night a name-- her name- And all my soul is a delight, A swoon of shame
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James Joyce, 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 symbolic parallels drawn from the mythology, history, and literature, and created a unique language of invented words, puns, and allusions ...more
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The thirteen teeth
Your lean jaws grin with. Lash
Your itch and quailing, nude greed of the flesh.
Love's breath in you is stale, worded or sung,
As sour as cat's breath,
Harsh of tongue.”
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