From <i>Finnegans Wake</i>

David Hayman

in Foundational Essays in James Joyce Studies

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035291
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038483 | DOI:
From Finnegans Wake

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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

Chapter.  16865 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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