My Own Private Ulysses: Buck Mulligan’s Mild Morning Metaphors
"Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him on the mild morning air."
- Ulysses, James Joyce
Buck Mulligan’s Mild Morning Martello Metaphors
Would the servant’s lookingglass
Be a symbol in Buck’s black mass
If it lacked that crooked crack?
Nope. That’d be too off-the-rack.
Is the bard’s borrowed noserag
Enough to make you gasp and gag
Without that tasty green snot?
Or poet’s new hue? Of course not.
And what of Mulligan’s blade?
Why aren’t any poetics played?
Because unlike tropes prior,
His razor lacks modifier?
Buck’s blade needs an additive,
The almighty adjective.
Stay tuned for more short-lined sonnets.
Same snotgreen time, same cracked channel.
Or if you insist,
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