Why Commemorate Yeats?

Tuesday, 8 December 2015 | 18:30| Trinity Long Room Hub

A public lecture by Professor Chris Morash, Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing and a reading of translations of Yeats’ poetry by contributors to ‘Regenerating Yeats’, a project launched by the  Trinity Journal of Literary Translation.

Yeats LaunchThe School of English, Trinity College Dublin and Trinity Journal of Literary Translation (T-JoLT) welcome you to a public lecture and reading in celebration of W.B. Yeats. In one of his best-known poems, “Among School Children” (1927), W.B. Yeats imagines himself as he must appear, “A sixty-year-old smiling public man”. While Yeats spent much of his life as a public figure, his poetry shows that he also recognised a certain dissonance between that life, and “the brightening glance” of his work as a poet. In “Why Commemorate Yeats?”, Professor Chris Morash, the Seamus Heaney Professor of Irish Writing, explores that dissonance in the context of the current focus in Irish life on commemoration, which in turn will open up wider questions about the formation of policy in relation to the arts.

The event will also launch ‘Regenerating Yeats’, a project undertaken this year by the Trinity Journal of Literary Translation to foster new translations of, and creative responses to, Yeats’ work. These are to be published in serialised digital instalments in the coming months and in print in a Yeats Special Edition of the Journal at the end of the academic year. A selection of new translations of Yeats’ poetry, taken from the project, will be read on the night, interpolated into Professor Morash’s lecture.

Yeats Launch