Like a cod in a pot

As Bloom walks from Sweny's pharmacy to the Turkish baths, he passes by the walls of the Trinity College campus and sees a "horseshoe poster over the gate of college park: cyclist doubled up like a cod in a pot. Damn bad ad." College Park is a playing field used for cricket matches in the southeastern corner of the campus. Bicycle races were held there, including a half-mile handicap on 16 June 1904 which the poster by the park's entrance is clearly advertising. The poster seems to be horseshoe-shaped, echoing the look of a rider wrapped around his bicycle like a big fish bent double in a cooking pot. The resulting sense of discomfort is intensified by allusion to the song Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye, in which a soldier's mangled body is similarly twisted.

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Poster featuring Frank L. Kramer, an American cyclist who won 16 consecutive national championships from 1901 to 1916. Source:

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem singing Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye in a 1960s recording remastered in 2019. Source: