How Boland's Poems Are Engaging And Moving In The Present And Past:…
How Boland's Poems Are Engaging And Moving In The Present And Past:
The War Horse And Child Of Our Time:
Written in context of The Troubles (1972)
A personal domestic scene that is set against an Irish backdrop.
A plea / piece of advice for Irish people to be aware of the violence that is taking place up in Northern Ireland.
Awareness of the mistreatment of women in society.
This is also shown in the story of the Famine Relief.
A highlight of the lack of compassion and understanding shown to women.
She compares the woman's body in the story to a Famine Road.
The Shadow Doll:
Also highlighting an issue facing her fellow Irish women.
It's about the impact of marriage on women
The initial glamour of a wedding is replaced by the suffocation of marriage.
A personal poem about her own marriage.
It's about how time impacts her feelings for her husband.
It starts off how early on how their relationship was an epic love story and how later on the intensity of her feelings are lost and how she still loves her husband, but the drama, passion and magic has been replaced by affection and routine.
A personal poem about her own relationship with her daughter.
She once again talks about how the passage of time affects her relationship with a family member.
She presents an internal conflict between her desire to keep and protect her child and her knowledge that her child deserves to be free and independent.