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Catherine E Paul

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082693

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082693.001.0001

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“I have met you too late”: James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and the Making of Chamber Music

“I have met you too late”: James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and the Making of Chamber Music

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(p.43) “I have met you too late”: James Joyce, W. B. Yeats, and the Making of Chamber Music
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Writing Modern Ireland
Author(s):

Wim Van Mierlo

Zack R. Bowen

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780989082693.003.0004

This essay analyzes James Joyce's Chamber Music, which was at once renounced and embraced by Joyce, but has its own integrity and aesthetic aims. It considers Chamber Music's intrinsic and historical meaning by focusing on its genesis as well as the context against which it appeared. The goal is to take Chamber Music out of the context of High Modernism and insert it more properly in the time the poetry came into being—the period roughly between 1901 and 1907—and the places that had an impact on its production: Dublin and London. Moving between digital methods and poetic analysis, the essay examines the traditions in which Joyce couches Chamber Music as well as W. B. Yeats's place in its history. It suggests that Joyce and Yeats share feelings about the relationships of art and politics as well as affinities of poetic form.

Keywords:   poetry, James Joyce, Chamber Music, High Modernism, Dublin, London, W. B. Yeats, art, politics

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