Saturday 16 December 2017

Yeats2015: Fans of the famous Irish poet asked to recite iconic work for special 150th celebration

W.B Yeats, pictured shortly before his death
W.B Yeats, pictured shortly before his death

David Kearns

This Christmas fans of W.B. Yeats have been invited to record their own reading of one of the Irish poet’s most iconic works.

In celebration of his 150th birthday, Yeats2015 are asking people from around the world to recite one of his best-loved poems ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ at 3pm this Saturday (December 19).

To get involved, all you have to do is upload an audio or video recording reading of the poem to Soundcloud, YouTube or Vimeo or any content hosting site.

After this, you have to just post the link to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #YourYeats hashtag at the designated time.

The full text for the ‘Lake Isle of Innisfree’ is available here.

The Isle of Innisfree is an uninhabited island in the middle of Lough Gill, in County Sligo, where Yeats spent his summers as a child.

The Irish poet described the inspiration for the poem as “coming from a sudden memory” of his childhood while walking down Fleet Street in London in 1888.

Spanning a year that would have seen his 150th Birthday, Yeats2015 is the first international celebration of the Irish literary icon.

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