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Irish senators attend Taipei event in memory of poet W.B. Yeats

Irish senators attend Taipei event in memory of poet W.B. Yeats

Taipei, March 15 (CNA) A group of Irish senators attended a lecture in Taipei on Sunday to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of renowned Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Senator Imelda Henry, who is from the town Sligo where Yeats was raised, said she was thrilled to learn that there were many Yeats fans in Taiwan and that an event was being held in Taipei to commemorate the poet. Kao Wei-hung (???), one of the founders of the Irish Studies Association in Taiwan that organized the event, said there is documented evidence that shows Yeats was invited to teach in Taiwan in the 1920s. Historical documents show that professor Yano Hojin (1893-1988) of Taihoku (Taipei) Imperial University, the predecessor of National Taiwan University, had met Yeats in Britain in the 1920s and had invited the Nobel literature laureate to teach at the university for two years, Kao said. Letters exchanged between the two men indicate that Yeats was offered a high pay to lecture in Taipei, but eventually turned down the job because his son Michael Yeats was sick and his wife was opposed to the idea of him traveling to such a distant country, said Kao, who is an associate professor at National Taiwan University's Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. Led by Senator Maurice Cummins, the delegation of Irish parliamentarians are visiting Taiwan to learn more about the country's political, economic, cultural and technological developments and to strengthen bilateral ties. (By Tang Pei-chun and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-28 13:01 GMT+08:00