(GJ) Canto IXXX (p. 11, ll. 1-9).

Tie My girdle for me and bind up this hair in any simple knot. If you have been reading this blog, you may remember another mention of Beatrice Cenci by Dante in The Divine Comedy. In this canto, Joyce uses a quote from Shelley’s tragedy The Cenci. Shelley’s play focuses on the abuse of a daughter andContinue reading “(GJ) Canto IXXX (p. 11, ll. 1-9).”

(GJ) Canto XXVI (p.9, ll. 21-31).

I play lightly, softly singing, John Dowland’s languid song.  In this canto, Joyce sings and plays love songs in the Popper home until dawn approaches. Delaying the walk home, he ends the evening singing John Dowland’s “Loath to Depart.” The tune is Elizabethian and written for the lute. Presumably, the Maestro would accompany himself onContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XXVI (p.9, ll. 21-31).”

(GJ) Canto XXII (p.8, ll. 29-36).

The sellers offer on their altars the first fruits: green- flecked lemons, jewelled cherries, shameful peaches with torn leaves…. Owlish wisdom stares from their eyes brooding upon the lore of their Summa contra Gentiles.  Many Jews landed in Trieste after fleeing mistreatment in the Russias. The Jewish and Irish diasporas have met, and James JoyceContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XXII (p.8, ll. 29-36).”

(GJ) Canto VII (p.3, ll. 1-2).

Frail gift, frail giver, frail blue-veined child. Three in imaginary love connect through a flower Lucia gives to Amalia. Amalia accepts the advances of her teacher only at arm’s length from a generation’s distance. Perhaps the student associates herself with Lucia, the toddler, to restore her threatened status as an innocent participant in an innocentContinue reading “(GJ) Canto VII (p.3, ll. 1-2).”

About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)

James Joyce’s Personal Obsession The last task should be deciding what type of artistic creation is Giacomo Joyce. It would be helpful to begin reading with that task in mind. It might be a prose poem. It might be a diary, a confession, or an exploration of streams of consciousness. Joyce called the episodes sketches when PoundContinue reading “About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)”

Related Websites We Like

The Art of Bloomsday at the Olivier Cornet Gallery of Dublin If you find yourself with an irresistible yearning for the ineluctable modality of the visual, take a digital stroll down Dear Dirty’s Great Denmark Street. This gallery has celebrated Bloomsday festivals with art from a range of styles and media. No doubt, you’ll findContinue reading “Related Websites We Like”