Friday Literature Workshop: Kimberly Wine, "Yeats' Apocalypse and Burke's Sublime"

Friday, January 31, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Modern Languages Room 378 1423 E University Blvd Tucson, Arizona 85721

Although closely linked to Burke’s definition of the terrible sublime, W. B. Yeats' apocalyptic images are more closely aligned to the Greek ἀποκάλυψις, translated as "revelation" and defined as "to uncover or reveal" (OED). Yeats frequently connects this revelation with images of the sublime, but the apocalyptic moment of revelation is better understood as a product of engagement with the sublime in a rhetorical sense—an effect of moving through a sublime moment rendered via the artifice of poetic structure to a moment of spiritual revelation.