Eavan Boland Analytical Essay by Research Group

Eavan Boland
A review of Eavan Boland's poetry.
# 27937 | 4,242 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 18, 2003 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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A literary review of the poetry of female Irish poet Eavan Boland. The writer believes that Eavan Boland is a major figure in the current generation of Irish poets and describers her as "neither separatist nor a post-feminist". First the paper looks at "Kind of Scar" where Boland explores the ideas of nation and individual, focusing on Irish nationality. Next the writer explores her work "Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time" where the poet asserts that the late-twentieth century poetic imagination is in crisis and again the issues of Irish women, feminism and nationality are raised.

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"Nevertheless, the task that Boland undertakes in her poems and then addresses in her prose is the twin task of assimilation and engagement. This is a process in which she elects to challenge the ways in which the ethics underlying the Irish poetic tradition tends to objectify women and position them not as poets, but as the subjects of poetry. It is interesting that though she is definitively Irish despite many years of exile, first as a child in England and later, as an adult in the United States, Boland (1, p. 8) knew that she could do without the idea of a nation while as a woman, she also recognized that the Irish nation formulated by poetry and tradition would not be acceptable."

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