Eavan Boland

Howard Nemerov on his Influences

by Anna Blanch on December 15, 2008

Nemerov is quoted as once having said, “When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S. Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats”. Given my recent immersion in Irish poetry I was curious about Nemerov’s statement. He enamoured himself to me with this gem – “We’re not in love with Literature all the […]


Eavan Boland: Here is Her Name

by Anna Blanch on November 28, 2008

Eavan Boland is wonderful. It is as simple as that. Yet, it isn’t simple.In reading criticism of her poetry it has become apparent that there is great confusion about the distinction between feminist and feminine. Moreover, the possibility that you can be a woman intellectual who challenges the objectification of woman in poetry and art […]


Quote of the Week: Eavan Boland

by Anna Blanch on November 8, 2008

I have been reading quite alot of Irish poetry in the last couple of months, one of the lovely poets I have been exposed to is Eavan Boland. Her memoir Object Lessons is an extraordinary blend of the real, the factual, and the imagined. Boland is aware of her power to colour the view of […]