Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Times

Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Times

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by Eavan Boland, Boland
     
 

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In this important prose work, one of our major poets explores, through autobiography and argument, a woman's life in Ireland together with a poet's work.See more details below

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In this important prose work, one of our major poets explores, through autobiography and argument, a woman's life in Ireland together with a poet's work.

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Mark Strand
“Eavan Boland's Object Lessons; is the most perceptive account that I have read of what it means to be a woman writing poetry in the late twentieth century.”
Los Angeles Times
“Thoughtfully, Boland recounts the long, uncertain process by which she came to construct (as any poet must) a persona: how she grew out of that well-schooled girl with an unsettled past and a well-received early book, into herself, a wife and mother residing in a Dublin suburb, beginning to write poems of another kind. . . . Eavan Boland has made an honest book and written of intricate matters courteously. She has proposed to her reader a composed, level-headed, yet spirited argument.”
The Nation
“In a prose style so lyrical, spare and elegiac it rivals poetry, she draws us into personal memory, autobiographical anecdote and family history. . . . It is not like any other book in memory: inspired, relentless, deliberately and eloquently hand-drawn.”
Library Journal
Blending autobiography with argument, Boland, a well-known poet in Ireland, addresses the challenge of reconciling her identity as a woman and mother writing in suburbia with the male-oriented political tradition of Irish poetry. Beginning with recollections of her earlier life in Ireland and her grandmother, Boland attempts to explain the woman poet's conflict with assuming the role of creator after having been traditionally treated as an object in Irish poetry. The author, most recently of the acclaimed poetry collection In a Time of Violence (LJ 3/1/94), structures her latest book like a poem, presenting an argument, leaving it, and then returning to it again. This method is well suited to her self-conscious exploration of the duality between woman and poet. Complex and thought-provoking, this title will appeal to readers interested in the craft of poetry and woman's role as artist.-Nancy R. Ives, Geneseo Univ., N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393314373
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Mark Strand
Eavan Boland's Object Lessons; is the most perceptive account that I have read of what it means to be a woman writing poetry in the late twentieth century.

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