James Joyce is most celebrated for his remarkable novel Ulysses, and yet he was also an accomplished poet. Chamber Music, his debut collection, fused the styles of the Celtic Revival with his own brand of ironic exuberance. Pomes Penyeach, a collection written when Joyce had published Dubliners and was completing A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, explores intimate themes of adultery, jealousy, and betrayal that would reappear transformed in the later Ulysses. Joyce’s occasional verse includes the well-known “Ecce Puer,” written for his newborn grandson, and his satirical poems “The Holy Office” and “Gas from a Burner.” These poems are brought together here with Joyce’s play, Exiles–about an unconventional couple involved in a love triangle–in a beautiful, accessible hardcover edition for the general reader.
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