So alike, and so different from the rest of Western literature, are the Marriage and the Plaint and the Wake, it is as if there have been three Wakes -- the first two in Latin.
A mysterious cyclic coincidence emerges once the basic similarities of the three works strike the attention, one that might have delighted Joyce, though I have not yet found a direct reference to it in Finnegans Wake. Martianus wrote De nuptiis in the fourth century; Alan, De planctu in the twelfth; Joyce, the Wake in the twentieth. Evidently, Dame Literature serves us a 'book like this' every eight centuries. What to make of that? I don't know, beyond reassuring Mr. Eliot that the next one will be some time coming. - Eric McLuhanFourth century, fall of the pagan mind. Rise of the monastic mind. ( See Gibbon ).
Twelfth century, fall of the monastic mind. Rise of the literate mind. ( See Paul Saenger ).
Twentieth century, fall of the literate mind. Rise of the electric mind. ( See your dad ) .
4th century, Bond event 1.
12th century, Medieval Warm Period.
20th century, WW1.