Famed Irish poet William Butler Yeats' affinity for magic is the topic of an upcoming event.
Professor of English Tom Zelman will give a free talk, "Yeats and Magic," from 3:40 to 4:40 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 in Tower Hall room 4119.
Earlier this year Ireland celebrated the 150th birthday of Yeats, widely renowned as the country's greatest poet. He is recognized around the world for his lyrical poetry, his leadership of the Irish Literary Renaissance in the 1880s, and his involvement in political issues of the day. But Zelman's presentation will focus on a less-known aspect of the writer's life: his lifelong love of magic.
Yeats was a devotee of all things supernatural: mythic Celtic heroes, séances, telepathy, spells, folktales, automatic writing, shape-shifting, and - most to the point for this colloquium - the fairy world.
Refreshments will be served after the free presentation, which is part of a colloquium series highlighting research by St. Scholastica faculty.