James Joyce: The Poetry of Conscience: A Study of Ulysses

James Joyce: The Poetry of Conscience: A Study of Ulysses

James Joyce: The Poetry of Conscience: A Study of Ulysses

James Joyce: The Poetry of Conscience: A Study of Ulysses

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What I see in this book I owe to James Joyce. In ten years I have perhaps been through the canon of his works a number of times, and on all the days of those years his art took seed in my thought life and grew toward an awareness of being. Being in itself and being in particular is the primary good of Joyce's art because it is his primary concern as an artist: to grasp the truth of the being of the visible universe.

Being, the very act of a thing's existence, cannot, of course, err. An artist who grasps esse and for whom esse is the raison d'etre of his art confers the gift of certitude upon the century to whom he speaks. My own study of Joyce has evolved from uninformed consternation at the paradox of his art to informed awareness of the poetry of his art. I was conducted to the poetry through interconnecting channels of human and divine being with which his works are endued, and through Joyce's comedic view.

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