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Foundational Essays in James Joyce Studies$
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Michael Patrick Gillespie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035291

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035291.001.0001

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From Finnegans Wake

From Finnegans Wake

A Sentence in Progress

(p.200) 10 From Finnegans Wake
Foundational Essays in James Joyce Studies

David Hayman

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the word formation and symbolic patterns implemented while framing sentences for Finnegans Wake. Joyce's use of symbolic patterns in Finnegans Wake to engross the reader is exemplified by the symbolic use of the goose that laid the golden egg, which has become a nocturnal symbol for pleasant dreams and light fantasies. Joyce uses both rhythmic and the visual patterns by the addition of the echoing “leaves,” while the double l in “till” finds its reflection in “heoll's” and “hoerrisings.” Joyce applies letters as well as words to be symbolic for sounds, shapes, and symbols.

Keywords:   Finnegans Wake, word formation, symbolic patterns, rhythmic patterns, visual patterns, sentence

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