Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
"A Home Rule Sun is rising in North - West", Joyce quotes.Here; our sun is sinking in the north west four days ago. Red sunset, morning wet, the saying goes. Turned out to be perfectly true.
According to Homer (and the Wikipedia), Odysseus had to pass a cliff with two singing sirens on his way back to Ithaca. "Odysseus was curious as to what the Sirens sounded like, so, on Circe's advice, he had all his sailors plug their ears with beeswax and tie him to the mast. He ordered his men to leave him tied to the mast, no matter how much he would beg. When he heard their beautiful song he ordered the sailors to untie him but they bound him tighter."
The Sirens of Leopold Bloom's Odyssey were called Miss Kennedy and Miss Douce. They earned their living as barmaids at the Ormond Hotel.
The Siren chapter is a feast to the ears.
Including alliteration, end rhymes, vocal rhythms and bits and pieces from known folk songs; it's a complete modern musicals.
Joyce managed to put a few more gray on my head by his "Bronze by Gold"play on words.
Bronzelydia by Minagold.
He's simply referring to the two ladies' hair color, in his special twisting and turning poetry.
Serina in both bronze and gold at the San Lorenzo market, Florence. Her red socks sadly disappeared on our way home, 4 years ago.
Bloom's rival, Boylan, is entertaining both friends and the Sirens, by making them sing along melodies from the popular opera Martha.
"Bronzedouce, communing with her rose that sank and rose, sought Blazes Boylan's flower and eyes."James Joyce
Picture:Rose by midnight, caught in red sundown four days ago.
Meanwhile Leopold Bloom , lost and bewildered, is shut off from the merry party in the dining room at the same hotel.
Very aware of Boylan's whereabouts and evil intentions to seduce his wife,
Mr. Bloom finally realize that he loves and wants his wife Molly.
Even so, he finishes writing a letter to Martha, the woman he just might want to have an affair with.
Being a firm believer in the value of happy endings, I still haven't given up hoping. I'm after all only halfway through the novel.
Originated by MaryT, check hers for today