“I Hear an Army”

by Anthony Domestico James Joyce, while primarily known for his fiction, was also a published poet whose verse garnered attention (and occasionally praise) from W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, and other arbiters of poetic taste in the early twentieth century.  Joyce’s poetry is at times plangent, even self-indulgent, the precious tinkling of sound without the naturalism… Continue Reading “I Hear an Army”

The Secret Agent

by Pericles Lewis Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent (1907) explicitly thematizes the transformation of time that Conrad and other modernist novelists explore by departing from strict chronology, making extensive use of flashbacks and foreshadowing, and demonstrating the disjuncture between private and public time. The novel imagines an anarchist plot to blow up Greenwich Observatory, where… Continue Reading The Secret Agent