One of the nicest things about teaching: returning to texts and authors I haven’t read for years. This week, some of my students have been studying Yeats.
Reading ‘Under Ben Bulben‘, I was newly struck by the way Yeats curates his own epitaph.
What should we do with an epitaph on a gravestone?
‘Read it’ is the obvious answer. But once we’ve read it, then what? Do we memorise it? Do we make it a principle by which to live our lives?
Or do we simply read it – and then walk on by?