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Not for Publication: The Correspondence of Yeats and Joyce

David Wright
The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
Vol. 10, No. 1 (Jun., 1984), pp. 113-126
DOI: 10.2307/25512592
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25512592
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

Private letters, especially those of imaginative authors, may exploit rhetorical devices usually associated with fictive writing. Yeats and Joyce both use their letters for more interesting purposes than the disclosure or pursuit of information, but their methods diverge. Yeats's epistolary persona is sage and dignified, asserting the persuasive power of the established poet and man of letters; Joyce speaks as an outsider, anxious and sometimes beseeching, but shrewd in his calls for attention. Both show that imaginative writers, in whatever form they write, never stop constructing their own personalities. /// Les lettres intimes, surtout celles des écrivains, peuvent utiliser la rhétorique que nous associons habituellement avec les ouvrages d'imagination. Yeats et Joyce tous les deux emploient leurs lettres aux fins plus intéressants que la révélation ou la recherche des renseignements. Pourtant leurs procédés sont différents. Le caractère épistolaire de Yeats, sage et plein de dignité, affirme la puissance persuasive du poète établi et de l'homme de lettres; Joyce parle comme un étranger, soucieux et parfois suppliant, mais sagace dans ses appels pour l'attention. Ils montrent tous les deux que les écrivains, n'importe quel genre qu'ils employent, n'arrêtent jamais de construire leurs caractères propres.

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