April 04, 2006

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Jonathan Allison will give the talk, "The Memory of War in the Poetry of Northern Ireland," April 10 at 7:30 pm. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

A native of Northern Ireland, Allison will address the way that the Great War has been remembered in contemporary Northern Irish poetry.

World War I was an important historical event for Northern Ireland, as soldiers from both the nationalist and unionist communities fought for the British Army. In Dublin, the Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood and other nationalist organizations rose up against the English in the middle of the war, in 1916, moving the country toward a violent war of independence.

Allison, who is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky, also serves as director of the W.B. Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, Ireland. He has published extensively on W.B. Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney and other Irish writers. He is editing the selected letters of Louis MacNeice.

The lecture, which is open to the public without charge, is sponsored by the Bucknell English department, the Vivian Miller Fund for English, and the University Lectureship Committee.

Story posted April 3, 2006


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