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W.B. Yeats Exhibition Tours Poland
March 3, 2014   
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A new exhibition depicting the life and work of one of Ireland’s best-loved poets, William Butler Yeats, is touring Poland this year. The exhibition, entitled The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats, was opened in January by Ireland’s ambassador to Poland, Eugene Hutchinson, and Jarosław Klejnocki, director of Warsaw’s Museum of Literature.

Yeats (1865-1939) was a poet, playwright, and the first Irish writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature.

Like Poland’s Stanisław Wyspiański, Yeats created a poetic theater that shaped the national consciousness, according to Barry Keane of the University of Warsaw. While Wyspiański depicted the paralysis of the nation during the occupation of Poland by foreign powers, Yeats’ work invoked spiritual themes, frequently drawing on Celtic myths.

The Irish embassy in Poland has translated the exhibition into Polish, providing subtitles for four documentary films about the poet. A number of Polish and English language books by and about Yeats will be on display.

The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats will be shown this March at the University of Szczecin, the Raczyński Library in Poznań in April, and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in May.

An online version of the exhibition can be found at www.nli.ie/yeats

Jolanta Wolska
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