Anna Livia Plurabelle

When Joyce was publishing his strange novel “Finnegans Wake” in instalments, he wrote this skit on “Ride a Cock-Horse to Banbury Cross” to publicise one which personified Dublin’s river, the Liffey. It illustrates an important point about him, and about poetry in general: one moment, you are sitting on the bank: the next, you have fallen in and the stream is taking you away.

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From Faber and Faber

To see Annie Liffet trip, tumble and caper:

Sevensinns in her singthings,

Plurabelle on her prose,

Seashell ebb music wayriver she flows