(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 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 X (p 4, ll 6-12).

…the short skirt taut from the round knobs of the knees. A white flash: a flake, a snowflake: And when she next doth ride abroad/ May I be there to see! https://postarchive.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/joyce-james-giacomo-joyce-faber-faber-1968.pdf By the first decade of the Twentieth Century, Western Europe’s loathing for the Turk, the pirate-invader, diminished. The Ottomans endured an initiation intoContinue reading “(GJ) Canto X (p 4, ll 6-12).”

(GJ) Cantos VIII-IX (p.3, ll. 8-31).

Mine eyes fail in darkness, mine eyes fail,/Mine eyes fail in darkness, love./ During the 20th Century, Trieste’s flag shimmered iridescent from Austro-Hungarian to Italian, became an independent city-state’s banner, emerged Italian again. It came, at last, to be as cosmopolitan a city as any in Europe. Across the closed end of the Adriatic liesContinue reading “(GJ) Cantos VIII-IX (p.3, ll. 8-31).”

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)”