William Butler Yeats, winner of the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature, is considered by many to be the foremost 20th-century poet writing in English—and he was Irish! As part of the Irish literary revival, he wrote about everything from fairies to politics. Also a playwright, he was co-founder of the famous Abbey Theatre in Dublin. We will read selected poems that represent the poet’s unique humanism, and students will have the option of writing short pieces of their own in class. No experience required, just what Yeats called the “rag and bone shop of the heart.” Limited Registration – 20

Suggested Reading: Any edition of the following Yeats poems (can be downloaded from the internet): “The Song of the

Wandering Angus,” “The Stolen Child,” “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven,” “Easter, 1916,” “Sailing to Byzantium,” “An Irish

Airman Foresees His Death,” “Wild Swans at Coole,” “Leda & the Swan,” “Fiddler of Dooney,” and “Lake Isle of Innisfree.”

Jerri Chaplin has a B.A. in English from the University of the Pacific. A member of the Institute for Poetic Medicine, the

International Alliance of Poetry Therapy, and the W.B. Yeats Society, she is a Certified Poetry Therapist and winner of the

Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Association for Poetry Therapy in 2001. She was first Poet-in-Residence at

Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC, in 1996, and is the author of two books of poetry.


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