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UCD Library : An Leabharlann, An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

W.B. Yeats and His Muses

An exhibition in the Special Collections Reading Room, James Joyce Library

An exhibition, W.B. Yeats and his Muses, in the Special Collections Reading Room, James Joyce Library for public viewing.


Exhibition Details

The exhibition celebrates the women who inspired much of Yeats’s poetry. Yeats believed in the Greek idea of the Muses as the font of poetic inspiration, and found his muses in living women. The exhibition explores the relationship between five exceptional women and the poems Yeats wrote to or about them. Original letters, manuscripts, and inscribed first editions trace the relationship between poet and muse. 

There is a 16 page WB Yeats and His Muses exhibition booklet‌ written by Professor Anthony Roche, UCD School of English, Drama and Film.
Available free of charge at the exhibition.

This exhibition is supported by a significant donation of WB Yeats materials, including manuscripts and rare printed editions to UCD by Joseph Hassett. UCD Library also wishes to acknowledge the deposit by the American Ireland Fund of valuable Yeats material. 

Joseph M. Hassett is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a PhD in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College Dublin. He practices law in Washington, D.C. and writes and lectures extensively on literary subjects. The ideas reflected in this exhibition are discussed in his book W.B.Yeats and the Muses (Oxford University Press, 2010).

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