Ecce Puer

James Joyce 1882 (Rathgar) – 1941 (Zürich)



Of the dark past
A child is born;
With joy and grief
My heart is torn.

Calm in his cradle
The living lies.
May love and mercy
Unclose his eyes!

Young life is breathed
On the glass;
The world that was not
Comes to pass.

A child is sleeping:
An old man gone.
O, father forsaken,
Forgive your son!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 01, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XAXA XBXB XCXC XXDD
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 287
Words 61
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

James Joyce

ames Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century.  more…

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