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1 PRISMES - PRISMES - Langues, Textes, Arts et Cultures du Monde Anglophone - EA 4398 2 Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3

Abstract : This article looks at two plays written after - Easter, 1916 - ; I argue that these plays revise the earlier poem-s claim that - all is changed - and dramatise instead the persistence of past wounds and blemishes in the post-revolutionary present. In The Dreaming of the Bones, a young rebel who has just been fighting in the Rising is hiding from the police on the West coast of Ireland, where he encounters the ghosts of Diarmuid and Dervorgilla, whose betrayal, he says - brought the Norman in - and thus started the colonisation of Ireland. Calvary written in 1920, but never performed in Yeats-s lifetime is an unorthodox Passion play, dramatising Christ-s - dreaming back - of his own Passion on Good Friday, as he is confronted by the ghosts of Lazarus, Judas and the three Roman soldiers who nailed him to the Cross. Although it is ostensibly unrelated to the Easter Rising, it reads as an ironic yet compassionate comment on the Passion play that the Easter Rising, at one level, replayed.

Keywords : Ghosts the Easter Rising The Dreaming of the Bones Calvary Yeats





Author: Alexandra Poulain -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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