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" Michael Robartes remembers forgotten beauty and, when his arms wrap her round, he presses in his arms the loveliness which has long faded from the world. Not this. Not at all. I desire to press in my arms the loveliness which has not yet come into the... "
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Page 297
by James Joyce - 1916 - 299 pages
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Ulysses on the Liffey

Richard Ellmann Goldsmith's Professor of English Literature Oxford University - Electronic books - 1972 - 256 pages
...Remembers Forgotten Beauty', and said, 'Michael Robartes desires to press in his arms the beauty that has long faded from the world. Not this. Not at all. I desire to press in my arms the beauty that has not yet come into the world.' There, as here in Ulysses, Yeats appears as a forerunner,...
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James Joyce, the Citizen and the Artist

Charles Peake - Literary Criticism - 1977 - 369 pages
...eluded him and incited him' — P 102-3) should be transformed into the spiritual impulse of the artist: 'I desire to press in my arms the loveliness which has not yet come into the world' (P 255). The artist must be ready to renounce the ordinary world if he is to become 'a priest of eternal...
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James Joyce: The Centennial Symposium

Morris Beja - Fiction - 1986 - 234 pages
...renunciation of his elder's vision of art, Joyce has Stephen in his diary differ from Yeats: "Michael Robartes remembers forgotten beauty and, when his arms wrap...loveliness which has not yet come into the world" (P 251). Yet Yeats, too, envisions "a loveliness which has not yet come into the world," not only in...
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The Company We Keep: An Ethics of Fiction

Wayne C. Booth - Business & Economics - 1988 - 557 pages
...Michael Robartes's embrace of the "loveliness which has long faded from the world," desiring instead "to press in my arms the loveliness which has not yet come into the world" (151). Seeking finally to "learn in my own life and away from home and friends what the heart is and...
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The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce

Derek Attridge - Literary Criticism - 1990 - 305 pages
...himself there, for instance, from his earlier enthusiasm for Yeats's visionary heroes: 'Michael Robartes remembers forgotten beauty and, when his arms wrap...loveliness which has not yet come into the world' (P 251). It is not at all clear, however, how exactly that loveliness differs from Michael Robartes's...
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

James Joyce - Fiction - 2012 - 192 pages
...draped, one hand of the woman feeling regretfully her own hinder parts. April 6, later. Michael Robartes remembers forgotten beauty and, when his arms wrap...loveliness which has not yet come into the world. April I0. Faintly, under the heavy night, through the silence of the city which has turned from dreams to...
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Bloom's Old Sweet Song: Essays on Joyce and Music

Zack R. Bowen - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 151 pages
...entry later on April 6, Stephen alludes to Yeats's poem "Michael Robartes Remembers Forgotten Beauty," "when his arms wrap her round, he presses in his arms...the loveliness which has long faded from the world" (251). Unlike Yeats, Stephen will not let the feminine temptress lure him back into the past and Ireland's...
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James Joyce and the Question of History

James Fairhall - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 290 pages
...girl over his fellow students. He formulates his artistic aims at the end of his university career: "I desire to press in my arms the loveliness which has not yet come into the world" (P 251). This "loveliness," as he prepares to make his grandest flight from Ireland and the ordinary...
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The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism: Reading Against the Grain

Kevin J. H. Dettmar - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 276 pages
...the loveliness which has long since faded from the world; in response, Stephen writes in his diary, "I desire to press in my arms the loveliness which has not yet come into the world" (P 251). Robartes's desire for "forgotten beauty" is nostalgic, and Stephen's formulation avoids such...
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The Sensual Philosophy: Joyce and the Aesthetics of Mysticism

Colleen Jaurretche - Literary Criticism - 1997 - 156 pages
...in recollection of Yeats's idiosyncratic mysticism and wish to create a "sacred book" of aesthetics: "I desire to press in my arms the loveliness which has not yet come into the world." The final lines—"Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience...
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