Bloomsday & Swedenborg

Why was he gazing upwards from the steps of the porch, hearing their shrill twofold cry, watching their flight? For an augury of good or evil? A phrase of Cornelius Agrippa flew through his mind and then there flew hither and thither shapeless thoughts from Swedenborg on the correspondences of birds to things of the intellect of how the creatures of the air have their knowledge and know their times and seasons because they, unlike man, are in the order of their life and have not perverted that order by reason

– extract from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce (in recognition of Bloomsday 16 June)

 

 

 

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