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Symposiums and public discussions were held and a number of celebratory and critical publications appeared with the aim of bringing a new focus to the writer and her work. This book seeks to critically re-encounter the work, offering essays, interviews and creative responses. The thrust of this volume is to read the poetry of Boland anew. Eavan Boland is always considered an Irish poet, though she has made much of her professional and poetic career in the US. She is known for a distinctive expression of the realities of family life as well as for subverting ideas of nationhood and of the place of the poet in relation to tradition. She is also a member of the advisory board of the International Writers Centre at Washington University.

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She moves to discuss human mortality and history. The stars are outside human understanding, in a place beyond our history. At the same time, she makes oblique references to the place of women in the historical record and how their accomplishments and lives have been erased.

Partway through the text, she makes the choice to step outside of this pattern and try to forge a path in which she, or women in general, are not consumed by primarily male documentation of the past and present. At the same time, as the poem concludes, she speaks on physical death and darkness that is only now reaching her from the past. In the last lines, she discusses how impossible it is for a human being to step into the past and comfort those who have been overcome by this physical death.

You can read the full poem here. The lines do not follow a specific rhyme scheme, but there are instances in which the poet makes use of half-rhyme within the text. These are seen through the repetition of assonance or consonance. This means that either a vowel or consonant sound is reused within one line or multiple lines of verse.

The first, repetition, is the use and reuse of a specific technique, word, tone or phrase within a poem. One kind of repetition is alliteration, it occurs when words are used in succession, or at least appear close together, and begin with the same letter. Caesura occurs when a line is split in half. Sometimes with punctuation, sometimes not. Another important technique commonly used in poetry is enjambment.

It occurs when a line is cut off before its natural stopping point. Enjambment forces a reader down to the next line, and the next, quickly. One has to move forward in order to comfortably resolve a phrase or sentence. The transitions between lines three and four, as well as thirteen and fourteen, are successful examples.

In the next lines, she delves into the history of these outsiders. While it is possible to take this poem at face value, there is a deeper concept at play here. Boland was interested in discussing through this text the place of women within history, and more specifically, Irish history. This implies that they could move closer if they wanted to. In the next lines, the speaker moves away from the stars to address a specific listener.

Boland could be addressing everyone who lives beneath the stars, all of humankind, or perhaps just those in Ireland. This new understanding of mortality makes a great deal of sense coming directly after a discussion of the life and death of stars. They appear in the heavens, as though they are immortal. Lines The speaker expresses her own opinion and choice in the next lines.

The ordeal being that of blazing life and sudden death. It brings with it images of roads filled with dead, as the heavens are filled with stars. These lines might reference the Irish potato famine and its enduring impact. Lines In the last lines of the poem, the speaker refers at once to the stars and to the past dead. Their deaths are still reaching those living on earth today. Join the conversation by commenting We make sure to reply to every comment submitted, so feel free to join the community and let us know your thoughts below.

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She moves to discuss human mortality and history. The stars are outside human understanding, in a place beyond our history. At the same time, she makes oblique references to the place of women in the historical record and how their accomplishments and lives have been erased. Partway through the text, she makes the choice to step outside of this pattern and try to forge a path in which she, or women in general, are not consumed by primarily male documentation of the past and present. At the same time, as the poem concludes, she speaks on physical death and darkness that is only now reaching her from the past. In the last lines, she discusses how impossible it is for a human being to step into the past and comfort those who have been overcome by this physical death.

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She was born in Dublin in She spoke of this time in her poem "An Irish Childhood in England: She published a pamphlet of poetry 23 Poems in her first year at Trinity, in Since then she has held numerous teaching positions and published poetry, prose criticism and essays. Boland married the novelist Kevin Casey in and has two daughters. Her experiences as a wife and mother have influenced her to write about the centrality of the ordinary, as well as providing a frame for more political and historical themes.

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