George Jack Memorial Lecture: Yeats’s presences

In this lecture Professor Francis O’Gorman (University of Edinburgh) considers unusual moments in W B Yeats’s poetry when language is more in contact with the ‘presence’, the felt reality, of places, people or things.

Yeats had a difficult relationship with his father, the artist John Butler Yeats, but every now and again, especially after the Easter Rising, his poetry touches on portraiture, with as vivid a touch as his father’s art. Professor O’Gorman will explore the nature and implications of this occasional turn in Yeats’s work.

The event will be held in the Lawson Lecture Room, Kennedy Hall.

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