Eavan Boland

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  • Sylvia Plath Arrival Of The Bee Box Analysis

    Sylvia Plath has written poetry that fully explores the profound depth of the human psyche. Through her use of confessional poetry and psychic landscape, her poetry delves into the multifaceted layers of the human condition. Plath herself came across as a very complicated and perplexing individual, and in her style of writing, she conveys the inner state of her mind. To read her poetry without the context of her mental state, few readers could comprehend the intensity and compelling suffering which lies at the core of her work. In her poem ''The Arrival of The Bee Box'', Plath uses an extended metaphor to discuss her distressed state of mind. In the second stanza, there is a vivid description of this box, the box comes to represent Plath’s own mind. She refers to it as “dangerous”, but she is irrevocably drawn to it. ''(She) has to live with it overnight. And...can't keep away from it.'' There is a constant state of unrest in Plath's mind, and no escape from her terrifying thoughts. The psychic landscape set in this poem helps to convey the tone of claustrophobia and powerlessness. Plath uses the peculiar comparison of the bees ''with the swarmy feeling of African hands minute and shrunk for export.'' This bizarre juxtaposition sets a dark tone and is used to disclose her fear of being taken against her will. In stanza four, Plath evaluates the view that if she opens up her mind to really feel her subconscious thoughts, they will be ''like a Roman mob'' and uses the…

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  • Quarantine And My Country In Darkness By Eavan Boland

    inspire authors to produce works of literature that capture the essence of the time period. Eavan Boland, a popular Irish author, has produced many works of literature that shed light on both history and culture. Born in 1944 in Dublin, Ireland, Boland was the daughter of a diplomat and a painter. At a young age, Boland and her family moved to England, where she was rejected by many people because of her Irish background. Her struggle to gain acceptance sparked an even stronger appreciation…

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  • It's A Woman's World By Eavan Boland Analysis

    struggled to free themselves of systematic oppression that prevents them from achieving and succeeding in society. In the poem “It’s a Woman’s World”, Eavan Boland is an examination on the status of women in society. The title, which is an allusion to the James Brown song “It’s a Man’s World”, suggests that Boland believes that women are superior to men regarding status in society. However, the content of the poem promptly proceeds to contradict the title. Throughout Boland’s poem, the speaker…

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  • A Double Colonization: Colonial And Post-Colonial Literature Analysis

    Although Boland does not refer to this issue in her poem directly, it could be supposed that self-starvation is not released only by the fact that Catholic church views men as superior what results in the speaker’s desire of mirroring male body and rejection of the derogatory and sinful female flesh. Biologically, “female fat is closely related to menstruation and pregnancy; they are both indicative of a woman’s biological maturity” (González-Arias, “Foodless, Curveless, Sinless: Reading the…

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  • Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me 'And An Amish Log'

    Comparison between “The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave me” and “An Amish rug” Eavan Boland and Michael Longley “The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave me” and “An Amish rug”, by Eavan Boland and Michael Longley respectively, both revolve around the common themes of love as well as the sentimental bonds that tie family together. On the one hand, through “An Amish rug”, the poet imparts the simplicity of love: Michael Longley appears to be writing to his wife, for his wife. Through the poem and the…

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  • Summary Of The Pomegranate By W. B. Yeats

    “There is a way of making free with the past”: W.B. Yeats’s “A Prayer for My Daughter” and Eavan Boland’s “The Pomegranate” as allegories for poetic legacy Throughout his long career as a writer, William Butler Yeats established a legacy as perhaps the most influential Irish poet of the twentieth century. He was an advocate for Irish Nationalism and one of the leaders of the Celtic revival movement. Through Yeats’s pastoral, mythic imagery and, later, his explorations of the country’s political…

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  • Analysis Of The Making Of An Irish Goddess By Susan Boland

    In addition to using myth to empower women and to be a witness for their ordeals, Boland has also used myth to explore personal family relationships—an important part of the female experience. In particular, she has used the Ceres myth often in her poetry. She uses it again in her 1990 poem "The Making of an Irish Goddess" to illustrate the complexities of motherhood. She begins her revision of the myth almost as a passive observer: Ceres went to hell with no sense of time. When she looked back…

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  • Henry David Thoreau's 'On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience'

    smooth, certainly the machine will wear out”(Paragraph 19) Mr. Thoreau referring “machine” to the “government”. “but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”(Paragraph 19 ) Mr. Thoreau is trying to tell the readers, that citizens have a responsibility to break the law. 4) Thoreau wants readers to withhold their financial support of the government and basically wants readers to be an anti-government. Eavan Boland, “It’s…

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  • Fenian Men By Eavan Bolade Analysis

    “Mise Eire” Bringing Women into the World of Poetry Eavan Boland is known for her poetry being controversial. The subjects of her poems, most notably “Anorexia” and “In His Own Image”, a poem about spousal abuse, were not wildly discussed at the time of their publication, and Boland believed that this wasn’t right. Most of her poems were brash in their own ways, no hidden meanings behind her words, and meant for discussion. “Mise Eire” also has an important role to play in these…

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  • The Nature Of Independence In The Purple Jar By Maria Edgeworth

    stories including the “The Purple Jar,” there was a lot of violence and political unrest in Ireland. Ireland had just lived through an uprising and were forced to live under the rule of the British Parliament, through the Act of the Union. One of the themes that are presented in “The Purple Jar” is the nature of growing up. The narrator highlights the importance between a mother and daughter relationship, as the daughter is growing up to be a mature young adult. Moreover, in Eavan Boland’s “The…

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