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Chamber Music

Chamber Music by James Joyce
By: (1882-1941)

Chamber Music is a collection of poems by James Joyce, first published in May of 1907. The collection originally comprised thirty-four love poems, but two further poems were added before publication (”All day I hear the noise of waters” and “I hear an army charging upon the land”).

Although the poems did not sell well, they received some critical acclaim. Ezra Pound admired the “delicate temperament” of these early poems, while Yeats described “I hear an army charging upon the land” as “a technical and emotional masterpiece”. In 1909, Joyce wrote to his wife, “When I wrote [Chamber Music], I was a lonely boy, walking about by myself at night and thinking that one day a girl would love me.”

Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Annie Coleman

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CHAMBER MUSIC

By James Joyce

Contents:

I

Strings in the earth and air Make music sweet;

II

The twilight turns from amethyst To deep and deeper blue,

III

At that hour when all things have repose, O lonely watcher of the skies,

IV

When the shy star goes forth in heaven All maidenly, disconsolate,

V

Lean out of the window, Goldenhair,

VI

I would in that sweet bosom be (O sweet it is and fair it is!)

VII

My love is in a light attire Among the apple trees,

VIII

Who goes amid the green wood With springtide all adorning her?

IX

Winds of May, that dance on the sea, Dancing a ring around in glee

X

Bright cap and streamers, He sings in the hollow:

XI

Bid adieu, adieu, adieu, Bid adieu to girlish days,

XII

What counsel has the hooded moon Put in thy heart, my shyly sweet,

XIII

Go seek her out all courteously, And say I come,

XIV

My dove, my beautiful one, Arise, arise!

XV

From dewy dreams, my soul, arise, From love's... Continue reading book >>


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