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Eavan Boland
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Boland's time period
     At the time of Boland's birth, several dramatic changes were occurring in Ireland. Consequently, in 1949, the state of Ireland (Éire) was formally declared as the Republic of Ireland. In doing so, the Republic of Ireland left the British Commonwealth, while the remaining part of the island, Northern Ireland, remained part of Britain; the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Within the republic's establishment, several economic reforms in the 1950's and 1960's were made. As a result,  the economic growth rate increased from 1% in the 1950's  to 4.5% in the 1960's. The dramatic economic advances contributed greatly to the decline of emigration that had continued for over a century.
    Thus, Boland's common themes of independence and perseverance reflect Ireland's struggle against England for its own republic. As a young wife, Boland recalls the "daliness of life" and her realization that the ordinary events in life were not recorded nor portrayed in poetry (New Yorker Online). Likewise, Boland noticed that Irish literature honored its heroes, resisted ordinariness, and elevated stance. Thus, the events during Boland's life have influenced her perspective and writing (Wikipedia).
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