On March 23rd 2022, 3pm the cluster will host Adam Hanna’s (Department of English, UCC) talk ‘Yeat’s Stanzas, Yeat’s Rooms’.
The event will be preceded by a reading group on March 16th, 3pm.
In ‘Yeats’s Stanzas, Yeats’s Rooms’, I suggest that some of the poetic forms that the poet frequently wrote in for the dozen-or-so years from 1919 — grand, architecturally constructed octave stanzas — give rise to the images that fill the stanzas themselves. Yeats’s most intensive engagement with these great forms is roughly coterminous with his occupation of a renovated medieval fortification in the rural west of Ireland, which he named Thoor Ballylee. In this paper, I follow the links between dwelling and writing and suggest that Yeats’s representation of his tower is intimately bound up with his employment of what he called ‘a traditional form’.