I Hear An Army Charging Upon The Land Poem by James Joyce

I Hear An Army Charging Upon The Land

Rating: 3.7

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:
They come out of the sea and run shouting by the shore.
My heart, have you no wisdom thus to despair?
My love, my love, my love, why have you left me alone?

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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Kay Martinez 30 June 2009

Incredibly powerful poem-it clangs upon the heart.

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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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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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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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Sylvia Frances Chan 15 June 2024

He masterfully captures the raw vulnerability of the human heart through his powerful poetry Truly breathtaking! TOP Score from me. This is a Masterpiece.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 April 2024

the loss of a loved one ('my love, why have you left me alone') ? Betrayal is a theme in many of Joyce's writings, and Joyce could be expressing his fear of being abandoned by his wife for another lover. Or is the nightmare a political prophecy of World War I?

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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 April 2024

Magnificent poem of James Joyce. the poet is jarred awake by a nightmare in which an army of black-clad charioteers rides full-tilt out of the sea towards him. He feels threatened. Is this a nightmare of personal calamity, provoked by anxiety over

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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 April 2024

in this case, may be civilization in general (poets, after all, are in love with the world) which has abandoned its sanity for the sake of war.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 17 April 2024

NUMBER ONE: In this poem, Joyce, as the poet-dreamer, feels terrified by the war. When he cries out, 'My love... why have you left me/ alone? ' the 'love' he addresses,

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