Using the Yifan Hu algorithm, I noticed that the "Irony" node was connected to "Death," "Greatness," and "Poetry." While we discussed how Yeats eulogizes Gregory with a somewhat sarcastic tone and Bloom's irreverant thoughts at the funeral, I did not expect irony to connect to greatness or poetry. Poetry seems to be the only sacrosanct thing in The Little Review. Although the connection likely means that these poems utilize irony, Gephi's presentation suggests that the poetry itself is compromised by its irony similar to death. Having discussed the problematic attitude toward death in class, the connection between these four items encourages a reader to understand the poetry with the same sense of deflation. Furthermore, the irony node overlaps the mediocrity node. Does this mean that irony and mediocrity share more in common that the modernist lead on? I doubt it, and it's more likely TLR used irony to attack mediocrity. Nevertheless, Gephi brings these two topics together in a way that makes me want to re-evaluate their relationship.
When I change the layout to Fructherman Reingold (with the Ego node still focused on irony), irony becomes the central node along with mediocrity and praise. Again, Gephi suggests that irony compromises every topic in TLR. The FR layout heightens the sense of irony even more than the Yifan Hu layout by centralizing it as its topic. After removing irony from the Ego filter, the irony node remained relatively centralized. I noticed, however, that Yeats and Joyce were the only writers connected to irony. Eliot and Pound were not. Eliot is the only one of these four not connected to the greatness node.
I think these layouts reveal some insights into the function of irony in TLR. Gephi definitely encourages a re-reading of this issue and makes me want to be a little more suspicious of terms like Greatness and Poetry in general.