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European Voices in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats and Geoffrey Hill

Edited By Ineke Bockting, Jennifer Kilgore-Caradec and Elizabeth Muller

«The duty of the present is neither to copy nor to deny the past but to resurrect it», wrote W.H. Auden in 1948. The European voices that William B. Yeats and Sir Geoffrey Hill choose to resurrect reflect their shared hope in the future of humanity, as the essays in this book demonstrate. From Greek and Roman voices, through the Italian Renaissance and into our troubled present, these poets use myth, as Auden suggested, «to make private experiences public» and «public events personal». They write about the past to maintain continuity and provide the transmission of cultural values or to avoid the repetition of atrocities. As visionary poets, their talents at reviving the poetic voice captivate and inspire. The essays in this volume elucidate both their poetic vision and resistance.
The chapters in this book derive from an international conference on Yeats and Hill that took place at the Institut Catholique de Paris in 2013. They are preceded by abstracts and a general introduction in French.
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Notes on Contributors


SUSAN ANG was educated at various schools in Singapore and at Downing College, Cambridge. She has been with the Department of English Language and Literature at the National University of Singapore since 1993, and teaches across a wide range of areas from modern poetry to science fiction. She has published work on Diana Wynne Jones, children’s literature, Louis MacNeice and Geoffrey Hill.

BRIAN ARKINS is Professor Emeritus of Classics at NUI, Galway. His research interests are in Latin poetry, Irish literature and Reception Studies. He is the author of twelve books of criticism, including two on Catullus: Sexuality in Catullus (1982) and An Interpretation of the poems of Catullus (1999). His other books are on Propertius, Shakespeare, Yeats (2), and Joyce. He is also the author of Hellenising Ireland: Greek and Roman Themes in Modern Irish Literature (2005), and the critical study, Irish appropriation of Greek Tragedy (Carysfort, 2010).

PETER BEHRMAN DE SINÉTY grew up in Maine and graduated from Yale University in 2005. He teaches as lecteur d’anglais at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and is a contributing editor to The Battersea Review, a journal of poetry and criticism.

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