James Joyce: Imagism

The writings of James Joyce seem to embody modern poetry and imagism quite well. His style of writing forces the audience to seek out the meaning behind his imagery in order to be totally immersed in his work. The intense language he uses to describe a simple action amplifies the seen with emotion and allows the imagination to run free, but with certain guidelines as what to look for.
There is proof of this in the first line of each piece. In the first line of “Araby” Joyce says, “North Richmond Street,  being blind, was a quiet street except at the hour when the Christian Brothers’ School set the boys free.” This is such a good example to me because he could have just said until school lets out. But he told us what kind of school. Also the phrase “set the boys free” is key because you think about the students being stuck in class all day and how much energy they have when they’re finally “set free”. Another great example of Joyce’s style is at the first line of “Eveline” where he says, “She sat at the window watching the evening invade the avenue.” The way he personifies the evening it makes it sound very agressive, as if it is inescapable. These two quotes were pretty interesting to me.


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