First Wednesdays considers Centenary of Yeats' 'Easter, 1916' poem


MANCHESTER >> Mount Holyoke professor Amy E. Martin will discuss W. B. Yeats' iconic poem "Easter, 1916" in the context of its centenary in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Her talk, "W.B. Yeats' "Easter 1916" a Century Later," was rescheduled from February and is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series. Free and open to the public, lectures in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

As Ireland approaches the 100-year anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916, both the Irish nation-state and scholars of Ireland have begun to reevaluate the rebellion's historical, political, and artistic significance. Against this backdrop, Martin will examine Yeats' iconic poem, written right after the rebellion, to consider the Rising itself and the complexities of its commemoration.

Martin is Associate Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of Alter-Nations: Nationalisms, Terror, and the State in Nineteenth Century Britain and Ireland (2012). She has published articles in journals and collections such as The Field Day Review, Victorian Literature and Culture, Nineteenth Century Contexts, Victorian Review, and The Black and Green Atlantic, among others. She has lectured as a faculty member at Notre Dame's Irish Studies Summer Seminar and the James Joyce Summer School. She is at work on a new book project on Irish internationalism and critiques of empire in the nineteenth century and has recently lectured on her research at Princeton University's Fund for Irish Studies and the Irish Cultural Center at the Elms.

The National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays.

Manchester Community Library is sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Café, and Vermont Renewable Fuels.

W.B. Yeats' 'Easter 1916' a Century Later" is underwritten by Burr & Burton Academy.

The First Congregational Church is located at 3624 Main St. (Rt. 7A) in Manchester Village. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626 or, or visit


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