Published in 1927, Pomes Penyeach is a collection of 13 poems, a gathering of works written while Joyce was busy working on Ulysses. The collection is so named for its price – one shilling, or 12 pence – with a thirteenth "tilly" thrown in to round the baker's dozen. While similar to Chamber Music in theme – love, regret, loss, etc. – the poetry in this collection shows a distinct improvement in language, style, and imagery. There is more of Joyce in these verses, and occasionally we can see a command of language that seems more appropriate to the author of Ulysses. Less lyrical than Chamber Music, these poems have a darker and more somber feel, and more than a few seem touched by a hint of nostalgia. This collection also contains "A Memory of the Players in a Mirror at Midnight," a sharply drawn piece that ranks up with the best of any poet's work.