WB Yeats and the Ireland of his Time
Lecture by Daniel Mulhall at the Oxford Literary Festival
Weston Lecture Theatre, Bodleian Libraries, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
2 – 3 pm
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of WB Yeats, Ireland’s Ambassador in London, Daniel Mulhall, draws on a lifelong interest in 20th Century Irish history and literature to look at the life and work of the great Irish poet.
Focusing on six key poems, he traces the evolution of Yeats’ poetry from the late-romanticism of his early, lyrical poems to the vigorously modern tone of his later writings. He will also look at how Yeats’ work can contribute to a better understanding of the Ireland of his time, especially the turbulent years of a century ago.
Mulhall has been the Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain since September 2013. He has worked for the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs since 1978 including postings to New Delhi, Vienna, Brussels, Edinburgh and Kuala Lumpur.