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I Hear An Army Charging Upon The Land

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I hear an army charging upon the land,
And the thunder of horses plunging, foam about their knees:
Arrogant, in black armour, behind them stand,
Disdaining the reins, with fluttering whips, the charioteers.

They cry unto the night their battle-name:
I moan in sleep when I hear afar their whirling laughter.
They cleave the gloom of dreams, a blinding flame,
Clanging, clanging upon the heart as upon an anvil.
They come shaking in triumph their long, green hair:
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Castellenas John 03 May 2019
One of the great poems. Thank you James Joyce.
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Aftab Alam Khursheed 21 November 2014
James Joyce a great novelist consciousness of flow is great value in his work- Autobiography of young man and Ullysis - freedom is in his blood, onomatopoeic words usage..sound base composition
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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 21 November 2014
This is not only a poem but also a great work of freedom of thought in which james joyce stood for individual freedom always makes his opinion against war the real war that destructs the humanlife.
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Babatunde Aremu 21 November 2014
A great poem. The whole world has been under jackboots leaving behind 'sorrows and tears' (a la Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the great Nigerian musician)
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Leslie Sharp 31 October 2014
War a ugly thing being it is of the earthly or of the soul. Hatred core of all evil.
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Kay Martinez 30 June 2009
Incredibly powerful poem-it clangs upon the heart.
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James Niles 08 August 2007
I do love James Joyce, though I do confess to puzzlement at his prose and pleasure at the irony of his poetry's utter clarity.
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