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Reading Room Back Wall - O'Neill Library Exhibits

"It Is I Myself That I Remake": Yeats at 150

Sponsored by The Boston College Libraries

August - Setptember 2015

"It Is I Myself That I Remake" exhibit poster
The friends that have it I do wrong
Whenever I remake a song,
Should know what issue is at stake:
It is I myself that I remake.

William Butler Yeats, untitled

Nobel prize-winning Irish writer William Butler Yeats often revised and in some cases rewrote his lyrics. The brief poem above indicates not only a care for sound and quality of lyric, but the evolution of the interior life of his mind and soul. Yeats’s exploration of religious and spiritual matters drove such progressive transformations.

In a long and richly lived life (1865-1939), Yeats wove artistic techniques around and through belief systems that evolved as did his artistic work, his firmly-held beliefs about nation, his love interests, and family relationships.

By using material from the Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Library, this exhibit aims to trace such artistic, personal, and spiritual evolution.

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About the Gallery

The Reading Room Back Wall is an exhibition area in the O'Neill Library.  Faculty members and alumni are encouraged to submit exhibition proposals.

View an archive listing of Reading Room Back Wall exhibits.

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