Sonnets by the Irish Poet William Butler Yeats
What you'll learn
- Familiarity with the life and writing of William Butler Yeats
- Knowledge of Irish culture and history
- Understanding of poetic form and sonnet structure
- Advanced use of English language
- This course is open to all
This course offers an introduction into a classical poetic form. Sonnets are works of poetic art, short, finely crafted and thoughtful. The sonnets presented here offer an avenue into Irish poetry, into Irish culture and Irish history. William Butler Yeats was a major Irish poet. Among his hundreds of poems, a number are produced in the classical sonnet form. In these short poems, Yeats speaks of his love for Maud Gonne, for Ireland, and for his art. He presents images that reflect his understanding of the human condition and of himself.
This course includes an overview of the life of Yeats, introducing his family, his education, his interests and his writing. There is also an introduction to the sonnet poem. It includes a short account of the background and evolution of the form and then sets out its technical aspects. Yeats’s sonnet poems are divided into Sonnets for Maud Gonne, Sonnets for Ireland, Sonnets on Artistry, Sonnets of Vision and finally, Sonnet Self Portraits. Each sonnet is read and then commented on in relation to its form and significance for Yeats. Sonnets by the Irish Poet William Butler Yeats builds knowledge and understanding of a particular group of poems and also of the Ireland out of which they were emerged.
Who this course is for:
- Lovers of poetry and in particular Irish Literature.
- Admirers of William Butler Yeats.
- Students of Irish culture and history.
- Teachers of poetry
- Poets and writers
Dr. Bernadette McCarthy is a specialist in Irish literature and in Irish myth and legend. She lives in Ireland where she was awarded her Phd by University College Cork. Her teaching includes courses on Irish culture, literature and the arts in University College Cork, University of Limerick and in her own West Cork College. Dr. McCarthy has published on William Butler Yeats, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf and continues her research and writing in Baltimore, Cork in the South West of Ireland.