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A Journey With Two Maps

Becoming A Woman Poet

Eavan Boland

A Journey with Two Maps by Eavan Boland
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ISBN: 978 1 857545 41 8
Categories: Irish, Memoirs, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: April 2011
230 x 137 x 23 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • This is a book of being and becoming. It is about being a poet. It is also about the long process of becoming one.




    A Journey with Two Maps begins with an anecdote: one afternoon, Eavan Boland saw one of her mother’s paintings for sale in a gallery, signed by her famous teacher. It is the starting point for an exploration of concepts of art and womanhood, of what it means to be a woman poet, finding her own voice within a tradition.

    Boland’s discussion is both critical and deeply personal, an account of her development as a poet that traces her experiences as a woman, wife and mother in the light of influences such as Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Sylvia Plath. Boland considers the ways in which influences themselves may be changed as a tradition is remade. In the final part of the book, ‘Letter to a Young Woman Poet’, she addresses an unseen poet of the future who will redraw the maps once more, remaking the past and the present.
    Contents

    Preface

    Journeys
    A Journey with Two Maps
    The Rooms of Other Women Poets
    Becoming an Irish Poet
    Reading as Intimidation
    Translating the Underworld
    Domestic Violence

    Maps
    Adrienne Rich
    Elizabeth Bishop: An Unromantic American
    Charlotte Mew: An Introduction
    The Other Sylvia Plath
    The Case of Edna St. Vincent Millay
    Denise Levertov: Letters to a Broken World
    Looking Back and Finding Anne Bradstreet
    Reading Gwendolyn Brooks
    Being an Irish Poet: The Communal Art of Paula Meehan
    A Latin Poet: A Lost Encounter

    Destinations
    Letter to a Young Woman Poet

    Index



    Born in Dublin in 1944, Eavan Boland studied in Ireland, London and New York. Her first book was published in 1967. She has taught at Trinity College, University College and Bowdoin College Dublin, and at the University of Iowa. She is currently Mabury Knapp Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, ... read more
     Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
      Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
     Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
    Praise for Eavan Boland '... a rich, unsettling moral adventure in memory and responsibility.'
    Theo Dorgan
      Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
     Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
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