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Joyce at this time, as he indicates in the same letter to Stanislaus, also appears to have lost interest in the poems with ambivalent feelings toward them: “I went through my entire book of verses . . and they nearly all Chamber Music seemed to me poor and trivial: some phrases and lines pleased me and no more. A page of A Little Cloud gives me more pleasure than all my verses. I am glad the verses are to be published because they are a record of my past. . 182). (For information regarding the manuscripts and various sequences of the poems, see A.
At times there are bold liberties taken with rhyme and rhythm; but there is so much of music and quaintness in the little volume that we give praise instead of censure. The literary journalist and editor of Savoy Arthur Symons wrote a review of Chamber Music that appeared in the Nation, 1 (June 22, 1907): 639. Symons was also a strong supporter of the French symbolist movement and his book, The Symbolist Movement in Literature, was widely influential. Joyce himself read it while a student at University College, Dublin, and its influence on him was significant.
Henry BROWNE, SJ, the magazine’s faculty adviser. Joyce appealed the decision to the president of the college but got no satisfaction. He then joined with a classmate, Francis Skeffington, whose essay on women’s rights, “A Forgotten Aspect of the University Question,” had also been rejected by Father Browne (see Francis SHEEHY-SKEFFINGTON). Together Joyce and Skeffington had their essays printed privately and, with the help of Stanislaus JOYCE, they distributed about 85 copies. “Dooleysprudence” This is the title of Joyce’s short, satiric piece mocking the nations that had become combatants in World War I.