chapter  4
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AE on Joyce 1903

indeed, both in prose and in verse. He has, as Yeats says, a power of very delicate spiritual writing and whether he writes in sorrow or is young and virginal, or whether (as in 'He travels after the wintry sun') [from 'Tilly', published in Pomes Penyeach] he writes of what he has seen, the form is always either strong, expressive, graceful or engaging, and his imagination open-eyed and classic. His 'epiphanies'— his prose pieces (which I almost prefer to his lyrics) and his dialoguesare again subtle. He has put himself into these with singular courage, singular memory, and scientific minuteness; he has proved himself capable of taking very great pains to create a very little thing of prose or verse. The keen observation and satanic irony of his character are precisely, but not fully, expressed. Whether he will ever build up anything broad-a drama, an esthetic treatise-I cannot say. His genius is not literary and he will probably run through many of the smaller forms of literary artistic expression.