Hart, Clive / Structure and motif in Finnegans wake
Appendix A: an index of motifs in Finnegans Wake, pp. 211-247
APPENDIX A 211 AN INDEX OF MOTIFS IN FIXXE GA XS WA KE There is virtually no limit to the number and variety of ways in which the multitude of leitmotivs in Finnegans wake might be classified and arranged, for in breaking down the process of composition to the organisation of such wisps of phrases Joyce was clearly looking for the maximum possible flexibility of design. I made several attempts to classify the motifs listed here but the results never proved to be particularly useful. A simple alphabetical index is therefore offered, although in the case of a few big motif-complexes a separate grouped list is provided. Motifs based on proverbs, catchphrases and the like are usually listed in their normalised forms. With a few exceptions this index omits (i) all song-motifs,' and (2) all ' literary' motifs, i.e. quotations from works of literature.2 Some single words function as independent leitmotivs and, of course, a large part of Finnegans Wake is made up of motif-fragments—words and syllables derived from important motifs but too fleeting in themselves to be called motifstatements. The index makes no attempt to list any but the most important single-word motif~ and motif-fragments. Similarly, I have excluded the hosts of words and symbols that always hunt in couples but otherwise have no special leitmotivistic significance, such as ' holly and ivy'. Such words and word-pairs can most easily be traced with the aid of my Concordance.3 1 A very full list is available in M. J C. Hodgart and M. P. Worthington, Song in the Works of James Joyce, New York, ~ 2 See Atherton, Appendix. ' To be published shortly.
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