Thursday, April 1, 2010

Derek Mahon supplement II

Loved "Thinking of Inis Oirr in Cambridge, Mass."? The man he dedicated it to, Eamon Grennan, is reading next Tuesday, April 6 at Emory!

Inis Mor is the largest of the three Aran islands. Inis Oirr is the smallest. Can you see the limestone?

W.B. Yeats is also known for his early poem, "The Lake Isle of Innisfree." He was nostalgic for the west of Ireland from his residency in London. How do you think these two poems use memory as consolation? What does it mean to desire a place from a position of exile, however chosen that exile may be?

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