Dublin – you’re the one!

Apparently, Dublin is the City of Literature. Dublin is one of the four (!) cities in the world that have been designated as a UNESCO city of literature. It is time for me to grasp this fact and cherish it! Many good writers are from Dublin, wrote about Dublin or are in some way connected with Dublin. James Joyce is one of them (obviously!) with his most famous work Ulysses (haven’t read it yet – shame on me – only started it when I had to put it away again for the lack of time – what a bad excuse). Another famous Irish writer/poet is W.B. Yeats. The Irish are very proud of him. I didn’t know him before I came here but then I had to come across his poems. They are extraordinary! The one about the Easter Rising in 1916 touched me most. Here is a link to it: http://www.easter1916.net/peom.htm There is also a good exhibition about him in the National Library which very much impressed me. It is mainly about his life but there is also a nice little room where you can listen to some of his poems recorded by some professionals. Then there is Oscar Wilde. Ever heard of Dorian Gray? I love that book – it’s a great read! Don’t watch the movie, read the book! It’s funny and tragic at the same time. Whenever I think of Oscar Wilde, the same feelings in me arise, his only novel creates. He was a great writer but also came to a tragic end. Probably dying from the exhaustion of hard labour in prison after being convicted of “sodomy”(meaning homosexuality), some of his last words were: “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.”
I don’t have that many literature courses this semester (only two, if you count the German class in) but I’m taking a creative writing class instead and I’m going to do an Irish history course and an Irish for Beginners class. It seems all very interesting and after all my one English literature course contains literature by Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Joseph Conrad, Henry James (how did this American make it into this list?) and Wilkie Collins. This seems quite enough already and I’m not complaining! My plan is to seize the moment (carpe diem!) and make the most of it! Slán!


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