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The Lost Land: Poems

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"A poet at the peak of her power . . . one of Ireland's greatest and among the best writing in English anywhere."—Booklist
In The Lost Land, Eavan Boland "is intensely engaged with the ancient bardic lineage of her homeland, giving her poems an ineluctable moral gravity. . . . Her poems offer a curative gift of merciful vision to a country blinded by its own blood and pain, as her narrators wait more or less patiently in their 'difficult knowledge' for the healing of their ...

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Overview

"A poet at the peak of her power . . . one of Ireland's greatest and among the best writing in English anywhere."—Booklist
In The Lost Land, Eavan Boland "is intensely engaged with the ancient bardic lineage of her homeland, giving her poems an ineluctable moral gravity. . . . Her poems offer a curative gift of merciful vision to a country blinded by its own blood and pain, as her narrators wait more or less patiently in their 'difficult knowledge' for the healing of their country's wounds" (San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle).

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Editorial Reviews

Priscilla Long
Boland collapses the distance between the national and the personal. There is no distance. The identification is complete.
The Women's Review of Books
Megan Harlan
...[S]pare, haunting....melancholy memories of immigration....undulate with sweeping, sorrowful parallels to Ireland's colonized history. -- Entertainment Weekly
Irish America Magazine
...[A] delight...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393319514
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 964,513
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland.

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Table of Contents

My Country in Darkness 15
The Harbour 16
Witness 18
Daughters of Colony 19
Imago 21
The Scar 22
City of Shadows 24
Unheroic 26
The Colonists 28
A Dream of Colony 30
A Habitable Grief 32
The Mother Tongue 33
Home 37
The Lost Land 40
Mother Ireland 42
The Blossom 44
Daughter 46
Ceres Looks at the Morning 49
Tree of Life 50
Escape 51
Dublin, 1959 54
Watching Old Movies When They Were New 55
Happiness 57
Heroic 58
The Last Discipline 59
The Proof That Plato Was Wrong 61
The Necessity for Irony 63
Formal Feeling 65
Whose? 67
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