Why Joyce got Angry at Yeats

Yeats was a great Irishman and a great artist of his day. He had the opportunity to meet a strange young man by the name of James Joyce. Joyce had written a few poems but was not famous … yet. The two had a chat at a pub about art. What a fantastic scene!

Yeats expected that the young man came for advice. Sage advice that Yeats was prepared to give. He found, to his surprise, that he was on trial. Young Joyce pronounced that there was no hope for the old man!

What was going on? It is an example of creative tension. Unavoidable tension that happens when people find themselves part of a story that is much larger than they are. Yeats had no idea that Joyce could have been so advanced in his creative thinking!



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