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An Irish Voice of Poetry: Conversation with Maire MacEntee, poet and scholar; 4/4/00 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas. The archival photos are courtesy of Maire MacEntee and Conor Cruise O'Brien.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our distinguished guest is Maire MacEntee. Maire's work spans the last four decades, and she is considered one the significant Irish scholars and poets of our time. She has published several volumes of poetry and has edited a substantial body of work from Classical Irish and is an authority on traditional Bardic poetry. She was also a member of the Irish bar and was a member of the Irish diplomatic service.

  1. Background ... finding the universal in the particular ... influence of parents ... growing up with the Irish language ... education ... entering the Irish diplomatic service
  2. Being a Poet ... finding a voice as a poet ... what it takes ... themes
  3. A Poem: Shoah ... occasion ... composition ... the poem ... explication; impact on an Irish reader ... universality of image ... writing the poem; the changing Irish language
  4. Lessons Learned ... reacting to circumstance ... being what you are

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