A Portrait of the Artist

Lesson 20 Chapter 3 Module 3

There are so many different ways to use words in your writing.

This week, we are reading through a number of different structures, eras, languages, and styles.

Some you might have loathed, some you might have found interesting, some you may have absolutely fallen in love with.

Before getting into today’s lesson, I recommend taking some time to think a bit about the why’s and what’s.

Why did you not like some styles of writing? What was it specifically about the use of language and tone that irritated your sensibilities?

Most importantly, if it annoys you in other writing, are you doing the same thing in your own?

After that introspective deep-dive, today’s lesson is a bit lighter and easier to read. It’s a flowing and woven piece of writing about the beauty of words from James Joyce.

Published in 1916, Joyce’s first novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is not only considered one of the greatest works of fiction of the 20th century by countless publications and academics. One of the final nods to the lyrical style of Victorian literature, you can fall in love with how the words twist and turn through sentences to tell a story.

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