William Butler Yeats
Thursday 30th January 2014 6pm for 6.30 pm talk
Tickets: £10 / £25 with supper after the talk
Poet WB Yeats sang in the name of an ancient Ireland. His passionate study of mysticism and the supernatural fired his active involvement in a movement for the revival of Celtic identity, a poetic currency of fairies, dreams and the melancholy of decay. He cherished folk-tales, celebrating them as vitally in his verse as the history of his own times.
But where did Yeats’ voice, and his extraordinary lyrical gift, come from? Born in Dublin in 1865, he would become one of the two greatest poets of the twentieth century writing in English. To mark the 75th anniversary of his death on 28 January 1939, Graham Fawcett takes us on a lyrical journey through the life and work of W B Yeats.
Listen to Yeats reading Lake Isle of Innisfree
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The Song of Wandering Aengus
I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And someone called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
W B Yeats
Graham Fawcett is a writer, broadcaster, translator and educator. He now devotes his time to giving courses, seminars, tutorials, lectures, poetry lunches, and other one-day events on reading and writing poetry. He has been a tutor for The Poetry School since 1997, devising and teaching new courses on poetry past and present from around the world. He has written and presented radio programmes about literature and music on BBC Radio 3 for many years. His translation of Dante’s La Vita Nuova was used as the basis for a Radio 3 drama.
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