failure

December 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

[T]he alienation of language merely reflects a prior alienation of man.
This is the explanation for Joyce’s repeated mockery of the urge to write, (…) Joyce’s implication is that each attempt is a compensation for a prior failure to communicate with others. This is particularly true of the young poseur Stephen Dedalus, who is somewhat too conscious in his poeticizing and can find nobody to share words with him at his chosen level of intensity.

— from introduction to Ulysses by Declan Kiberd, p.xlvii

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