Talk at Yeats & the West: ‘W.B. Yeats and the act of dying’


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Prof. Kevin Barry (NUI Galway)

‘The throats of birds: W.B. Yeats and the act of dying’

Room G011, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway

5pm Tuesday 15 December

W.B. Yeats was determined to die with style, as if his reputation depended on it. From the many available genres, he chose one of the most difficult to sustain: death in infamy. This talk analyzes Yeats’s deliberate curation of his own death in infamy, and the public’s triumph over this recalcitrance.


Philosopher c’est apprendre a mourir, said Michel de Montaigne. To philosophize is to learn how to die. Come and learn an art of dying with W.B. Yeats.



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