Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Lauren Arrington will present “‘Shell-shocked Walt Whitmans’: W.B. Yeats and the War Poets at Rapallo” on Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Burns Library’s Irish Room. Arrington’s lecture will revisit W.B. Yeats’s attitude toward the younger generation of poets, take aim at his pejorative description of them as “shell-shocked Walt Whitmans,” and reassess Richard Aldington and Thomas MacGreevy’s writings about the war during their visits to Rapallo. Arrington is the author of Revolutionary Lives: Constance and Casimir Markievicz and W.B. Yeats, the Abbey Theatre, Censorship, and the Irish State: Adding the Half-Pence to the Pence. She is a frequent BBC commentator and writes articles and reviews for the Irish Times and Times Literary Supplement.
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