This selection of the major poems James Joyce published in his lifetime is accompanied by his only surviving play, "Exiles."
Joyce is most celebrated for his remarkable novel "Ulysses," and yet he was also a highly accomplished poet. "Chamber Music" is his debut collection of lyrical love poems, which he intended to be set to music; in it, he enlivens the styles of the Celtic Revival with his own brand of playful irony. "Pomes Penyeach," a collection written while Joyce was working on "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," sounds intimately autobiographical notes of passion and betrayal that would go on to resonate throughout the rest of his work. Joyce's other poems include the moving "Ecce Puer," written on the occasion of the birth of his grandson, and his fiery satires "The Holy Office" and "Gas from a Burner."
"Exiles" was written after Joyce had left Ireland, never to return; it is a richly nuanced drama that reflects a grappling with the state of his own marriage and career as he was about to embark on the writing of "Ulysses." In its tale of an unconventional couple involved in a love triangle, "Exiles "engages Joycean themes of envy and jealousy, freedom and love, men and women, and the complicated relationship between an artist and his homeland.
About the Author
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (2 February 1882 - 13 January 1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known for Ulysses (1922), a landmark work in which the episodes of Homer's Odyssey are paralleled in an array of contrasting literary styles, perhaps most prominent among these the stream of consciousness technique he utilized. Other well-known works are the short-story collection Dubliners (1914), and the novels A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Finnegans Wake (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, occasional journalism, and his published letters.