What a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift! Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Aidan Quinn, Liam Neeson, and Stockard Channing invite you to “Imagine Ireland” in these videos provided by Imagine Ireland Arts at their new YouTube channel.
Here is Gabriel Byrne reciting The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats:
The other readings include:
Spring Love by Francis Ledwidge, read by Aidan Quinn
Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by William Butler Yeats, read by Ellen Barkin
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, read by Stockard Channing
Worstward Ho by Samuel Beckett, read by Liam Neeson
Wasn’t that lovely? It seems so appropriate to invoke James Joyce this Valentine’s Day, during a year of celebrating Ireland in the United States. Here is the first poem from his Chamber Music:
Strings in the earth and air
Make music sweet;
Strings by the river where
The willows meet.
There’s music along the river
For Love wanders there,
Pale flowers on his mantle,
Dark leaves on his hair.
All softly playing,
With head to the music bent,
And fingers straying
Upon an instrument.
–James Joyce, Chamber Music, I
And here is your official Heart Day wallpaper (just click to enlarge/download it). Enjoy!