2399 - Poetry of William Butler Yeats and Seamus Heaney: Irish Nobel Prize Recipients
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Nobel Prize winner, is sometimes considered the greatest poet in English in the twentieth century. Yeats was a late Romantic, a student of the occult, and a student of Eastern traditions. He was a symbolist, attempting to find unity and completeness in life and art; and an advocate for Irish folklore, culture, and art.William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Nobel Prize winner, is sometimes considered the greatest English-language poet of the twentieth century. Yeats was a late Romantic, a student of the occult, and a student of Eastern traditions. He was a symbolist, attempting to find unity and completeness in life and art, and an advocate of Irish folklore, culture, and art. Born the year of Yeats's death and, like Yeats, a recipient of the Nobel Prize, Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) differs from his fellow Irishman. His rhythm is more subdued, and he uses more Irish idioms and colloquial language; his poetry sometimes sounds like the speech of an ordinary person. He writes about childhood, farm life, “customs and crafts” of Ireland, the Troubles, and the past. He is not so philosophical as Yeats, but, like Joyce, “found the living world enough.” We will have weekly reading assignments, and discuss in class poems from the assignments. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos
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Harry Brown holds degrees in English from Davidson College, Appalachian State University, and Ohio University. He has published six poetry collections and co-edited an anthology of Kentucky writing. After teaching for more than forty years in the English Department at Eastern Kentucky University, he returned to North Carolina and lives with his wife, Alice, in Glencoe, an 1880's textile village outside Burlington.
Preston Martin received his undergraduate degree from Ohio University, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the College of Charleston. His poems have received awards or recognition by the North and South Carolina Poetry Societies. He chairs the Brockman-Campbell book competition for the North Carolina Poetry Society.