The Political Yeats


William Butler Yeats is quite well-known as a poet and dramatist, but what about his politics and theories of history? This class will aim to understand the political Yeats by using one text per class as an anchor to each session’s theme, with short additional readings to prepare before each class. We will discuss mythology and folklore, nationalism, and spirituality and religion, all with the goal of understanding Yeats as a historical and political thinker who still has much to teach us today. No texts are required for purchase, simply bring yourself and a willingness to read and discuss. Aficionados and those new to Yeats are all encouraged to attend!

This class is HYBRID, available on-line OR on-site at the Celtic Junction Art Center’s new classroom which is located upstairs, across the hall from the McKiernan Library.

5 in-person or Zoom meetings. Thursdays.6:30-7:45 pm. May 18 – June 15.

Class fee: $125

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of CJAC’s Education Program of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail it to the Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor, Matt Wright at and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
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