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

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

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by Eavan 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.
Eavan Boland beautifully uncovers the powerful drama of how these lives affect one another; how the tradition of womanhood and the historic vocation of the poet act as revealing illuminations of the other.

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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.
Eavan Boland beautifully uncovers the powerful drama of how these lives affect one another; how the tradition of womanhood and the historic vocation of the poet act as revealing illuminations of the other.

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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.”
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.”
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
Sales rank:
444,369
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.

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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Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG BORED AS FUQ
Guest More than 1 year ago
began reading this for a thesis program on modern irish feminine identity, and finished it having gone on a journey with boland through her own poetic psyche (she is one of, if not THE most important contemporary irish poet), as she explores issues of women writers in a society whose literary cannon consists solely of men, and whose women have been mythically objectified and silenced. she, as a writer, must break this silence, while still incorporating issues of self (to which womanhood is integral) in her poetry - she struggles to incorporate the quiet domestic scenes of suburban motherhood into a men's tradition filled with passionate nationalist struggles, violence and tragedy...and she succeeds.