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Outside History Paperback – 1 Oct 1990


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Eavan Boland is a marvelous poet, and Outside History is the best possible introduction to her work. Love and anxiety, memories and mysteries she's woven them all into a rich verse fabric, thrown like a flowered shawl over her shoulders as she stands out under the chilling night sky, no other soul around but (for that haunting moment) the reader's own. --J. D. McClatchy"

[Boland] pursues an important, feminist revision of the history-making so often praised or inherited by MacNeice and Heaney. Not so much outside of history as counter to it, or in the process of amending it through addition, Boland has developed in her poetry what Harold Bloom might call an agonistic relationship with the paternal, natural, and often silencing history of traditional Irish poetry. . . . An attentive powerful, encouraging poet.--David Baker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Eavan is a marvelous poet, and Outside History is the best possible introduction to her work. Love and anxiety, memories and mysteries-she's woven them all into a rich verse fabric, thrown like a flowered shawl over her shoulders as she stands out under the chilling night sky, no other soul around but (for that haunting moment) the reader's own.' -J. D. McClatchy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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HASH(0x9e3945e8) out of 5 stars The Voice of the Forgotten... 2 April 2000
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Format: Paperback
Eavan Boland, with her words of flowing lyric, succeeds at giving the lives of women a place in poetry, and myth a voice. This anthology is practically a catalog of her growth as a poet. Her poetic talent makes for a comforting read. You can feel yourself ascending from hell with Sappho in "The Journey." It is a must read for those who appreciate contemporary poetry or women's issues.
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If you're interested in reading Boland, this is the book to get. Here you see a genuine artist grimly struggling with the details of her craft and often managing to say the true and difficult thing. Something terrible happens in the later books, I'm afraid, in which Boland develops possibly the worst case of complacency and hubris in contemporary poetry. It's almost as if she loses all faith in language and stakes her claim entirely on the basis of sociology, on being "an important voice" that must be heard. There are just too many other voices out there who are still struggling with their art, who have not yet succumbed to vanity and cashing in on the benefits of being an overstuffed "public" poet (facilitated by the academy, unfortunately, with their fat endowed chairs and inflated reading fees) to seriously accept the later books along with the grand claims Boland demands for them. This book, though, gives hints of what might have been.
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