This talk will look at poetic responses to political tensions in Ireland, from the Home Rule crisis through the outbreak of the Great War to the Easter Rising, comparing poems by (amongst others) W. B. Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, and Patrick Pearse, with work by some of Ireland’s serving soldier-poets – C. S. Lewis, Monk Gibbon, Francis Ledwidge, and Tom Kettle.

Fran Brearton is Professor of Modern Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast, and assistant director of the Seamus Heaney Centre. Her research interests are primarily in British and Irish Poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries. Her first book was a study of the effects of the First World War on 20th-century Irish poetry; most recently, she co-edited (with Alan Gillis) The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Poetry.

The image is a painting of George William Russell, who wrote with the pseudonym ‘AE’. His work will be among those considered in the lecture.

This event is organised by NMNI.

Event Details


Ulster Museum
Botanic Gardens


Wednesday, April 6, 2016 -
13:00 to 14:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

This is a free event, however booking is essential. Book your place here.

For further information, please contact Ulster Museum Reception on 028 9044 0000 or email

This talk will be held in the Lecture Theatre on the ground floor.