Saturday 21 September 2019

Proud son to put seal of approval on Yeats show

Anne-Marie Walsh

THE son of the country's most famous poet is casting an appreciative eye on a major exhibition of his father's work today.

Michael Yeats will attend the 'Yeats: the Life and Works of William Butler Yeats' exhibition at the National Library of Ireland, which features a book Maud Gonne gave to Yeats in Paris.

The 'Pial Notebook', given to the poet in 1908, is an insight into the "imaginative intensity" of their famous relationship, according to the exhibition organisers.

Using digital media, visitors will be able to browse through another notebook kept by Butler Yeats from 1928 and 1930.

It is the fourth in a series of five 'Rapallo notebooks' containing drafts and themes for poems, letters, and various notes and reminiscences.

The Yeats collection was donated to the National Library by the Yeats family - Mrs George Yeats, his wife, and his son Michael - up to 2004.

It includes over 200 books, excluding volumes William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) edited and contributed to.

The manuscripts run to thousands of pages and include drafts of many of Yeats' best-known poems, including Easter 1916, Sailing to Byzantium and The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

The exhibition is supported by Independent Newspapers, RTE, The Dubliner, The Merrion and Penfolds.

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