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December 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm #11959Anonymous
completly lost with the feminism of eaven boland i despise her in more ways than should be rational but i really need a dig out anyone game??
December 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm #67091Jon RyanParticipant
‘Discuss how Eavan Boland deals with contemporary issues in all her poems.’
Eavan Boland wrote her poetry in a time of turblence, not just in her personal life, but in the world around her. Her poetry was born in the time of the Troubles in Ireland, which saw civil strife between Catholics and Protestants, Republicans and Unionists, fighting over whether Ireland should be a republic or included in the United Kingdom. Boland’s life during this time contained similar struggle, which included relationship problems with her husband and serious health problems for her child. Boland’s poetry features this turbulence, which is unique not only in subject matter but also in that such issues are contemporary: years later they can still appeal to and be related to by many, as they focus on themes which are relevant to today’s audience. Some of her poems that show this as LOVE, THIS MOMENT, THE BLACK LACE FAN MY MOTHER GAVE ME, THE WAR HORSE, THE FAMINE ROAD and CHILD OF OUR TIME.
As said, Boland’s poetry focuses on the turbulent world she lived in, the Ireland of the 1970s/1980s. Such issues from this time and world are contemporary for today’s audience because they affected how the Ireland of today, that many of Boland’s audience live in, was shaped. Boland looks at events that have shaped Ireland of the present such as the Troubles in CHILD OF OUR TIME. Here she uses the image of an infant, killed by the Dublin bombings of May 17th 1974, the day which had the most casualities of any day of the Troubles, to symbolize the innocent affected by the Troubles. The infant is also used because a later newspaper photograph showed a fireman taking the infant’s dead body out of the debris. Boland tells the child that we ‘must learn from you dead,// To make our broken images, rebuild/ Themselves around your limbs’ and cease such brutal acts to achieve aims. Elsewhere, she focuses on the famine in THE FAMINE ROAD, which caused the mass emigration of much of the Irish population of past generations, due to their sufferings from poverty and overworking which she details:
‘Sick, directionless they worked. Fork, stick
were iron years away; after all could
they not blood their knuckles on rock, suck
April hailstones for water and for food?’
Boland uses another poem dealing with the Troubles, THE WAR HORSE, to convey how such events are not simply in the moment: they shaped a country and civilisation irrevocably, up to this day. The result of the famine in the twenty-first century is that many of Boland’s Irish audience have relatives abroad in countries such as America, while there are still some deep divides today in Ireland between Catholics and Protestants, caused by the Troubles, despite the Good Friday Agreement. In the WAR HORSE Boland uses the image of a traveller’s horse entering a suburb and harming gardens (‘a leaf of our laurel hedge is torn’) to symbolise the intrusion of violence into Irish life such as with the Troubles. At the end of the poem she remarks of a rose that the horse smashes, ‘Ribbonned across our hedge, recalling days/ Of burned countryside, illicit betrayed’, a comment on how the Troubles still linger in the mindset of the Irish people, and have not simply disappeared like the violence, showing how the events that Boland focuses on are contemporary for today’s audience, as they are still relevant and still affecting of Ireland today, years after they took place.
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December 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm #67092Anonymous
thank you very much a big help i must admit
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