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World Poets – W B Yeats

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Monday 18 March 2019 - 19.00 - 21.15


The Oak Lounge, Mercure Bush Hotel

A different kind of lecture, more like listening to a live radio programme, with readings.

Graham Fawcett writes: “The unforgettable experience during the summer of 2018 of travelling in Yeats’s Ireland, and the value of his voice to us in the world right now, have given me a new sense of urgency in ‘delivering’ Yeats, of timeliness in talking about him, because there are, I now see, things which Yeats said a hundred years ago and more which speak straight to us and are surprisingly helpful.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. (from W B Yeats, ‘The Second Coming’ – 1919)

W B 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 Irish fairies, dreams, and the melancholy of decay. He cherished folk-tales, celebrating them in his verse as vitally as he did the history of his own times.

Born in Dublin in 1865, six hundred years after the birth of Dante, and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923, Yeats was one of the two greatest poets of the twentieth century writing in English. But where did Yeats’ s voice, and his extraordinary lyrical gift, come from? Yeats Night will look for answers while reviving some of the poet’s greatest work.

Yeats goes on being loved. To this day, the manner of his guiding hand to us is gifted with the common touch, so that we are glad to have listened not only to the poet who tells us he will “arise and go now and go to Innisfree” but urges us to do so now, too: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot”, he wrote, “but make it hot by striking”.


“Thanks for that fine talk (performance, more like) on Yeats this evening. It was like being invited to dance along with both Yeats, his poems, and your vision of both. And like all good dances, it leaves one exhausted and exhilarated, and ready for more”. (Robert-Louis Abrahamson, after Yeats Night in West Bay, Dorset, 2019)

BOOKING Advance booking requested and recommended. Just search with Ticketsource Graham Fawcett and you will go straight to the site.

Unsold tickets available at the door on the night.