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Eavan Boland
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The predominant theme of ordinary life permeates Boland’s works. Consequently, she focuses on the appreciation of the ordinariness in life, which is evident through her 2001 collection, Against Love Poetry. Boland’s writing is not only deeply embedded by her Irish heritage and its struggle against England for independence, but it is also feministic; she writes about the woman experience such as marriage conflicts and the desire for freedom. Thus, in an interview with the New Yorker online, Boland remarks how, "‘So much of European love poetry is court poetry, coming out of the glamorous traditions of the court. . ..’” 

Boland believes that the discounting of women and their experiences, leads to a depreciation of women themselves. In turn, most of her poems possess a first person point of view, which provides a better comprehension and analysis of the hardships endured by women in addition to their flaming desires for independence and respect within a traditional culture and society. Thus, Boland embraces the women in her works that are mostly portrayed as oppressed by gender and racial discrimination. In order to completely understand Boland’s works, one must understand Irish history and especially the tension and conflicts between Ireland and England. Boland refers to the Irish tradition of the dominantly male poet, and attempts to find a place for herself and other female poets in this society. Moreover, Boland tends to incorporate allusions to myths, particularly the myths of Daphne and Ceres (Crow).

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