Eavan Boland and the development of a poetics: ‘It may be beauty/but it isn’t truth’

Campbell, Siobhan (2017). Eavan Boland and the development of a poetics: ‘It may be beauty/but it isn’t truth’. In: Campbell, Siobhan and O'Mahony, Nessa eds. Eavan Boland: Inside History. Arlen House, pp. 1–22.

Abstract

Eavan Boland’s poetic subject has often been the problem of presenting a wariness of beautifully crafted rhetoric within the lyric poem which is, perforce, committed to just that. Her ancillary subject of how to establish herself as a poet within the patriarchal tradition is amply discussed by critics such as Allen Randolph, Meaney, Wills et al and by Boland herself in her prose essays. What this essay by Siobhan Campbell addresses is the development of Boland’s poetics, detailing - via the poems - her concern to find an artistically and morally sound set of poetic stances and forms when writing from a violently contested island where the very source of art itself may be suspect.

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