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New Collected Poems

Eavan Boland

New Collected Poems
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ISBN: 978 1 847779 62 5
Categories: 20th Century, 21st Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: July 2012
280 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), Paperback
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  • O swan by swan my heart goes down
    Through Dublin town, through Dublin town.

    from 'Liffeytown', 1962

    Ten years ago Carcanet published Eavan Boland's first Collected Poems, a book which confirmed her place at the forefront of modern Irish poetry. The New Collected Poems brings the record of her achievement up to date, adding The Lost Land (1998) and Code (2001). It also fills out the early record, reproducing two key poems from 23 Poems (1962), New Territory (1967), The War Horse (1975) and her later books; it includes passages from her unpublished 1971 play Femininity and Freedom. Following the chronology of publication, the reader experiences the exhilarating sense of development, now incremental, now momentous.

    Her writing and example are vitally enabling for young writers and readers; she traces a measured process of emancipation from conventions and stereotypes, writing now in a space she has cleared not by violent rejection, but by dialogue, critical engagement and patient experimentation with form, theme and language.

    'Eavan Boland lives in a different world, one from which she can see not only "the Dublin mountains", but a looming poetic tradition and the wastes of European history... Her language has a tranquil control as well, for which it sacrifices nothing in grace or expressive power.' New York Times Book Review

    Table of Contents

    Author's Note

    from 23 Poems 1962


    The Liffey beyond Islandbridge

    New Territory 1967

    The Poets

    The Gryphons

    The Pilgrim

    New Territory



    The Dream of Lir's Son



    Belfast vs Dublin

    Requiem for a Personal Friend

    A Cynic at Kilmainham Gaol

    From the Painting Back from Market by Chardin


    The Comic Shakespeare

    Yeats in Civil War

    The Flight of the Earls

    After the Irish of Egan O'Rahilly

    The King and the Troubadour

    Athene's Song

    The Winning of Etain

    from 'Femininity and Freedom' 1971

    'Deidre and Cathal in conversation'

    The War Horse 1975

    The Other Woman

    The War Horse

    Child of Our Time

    A Soldier's Son

    The Famine Road

    Cyclist with Cut Branches


    The Botanic Gardens


    Ready for Flight


    The Laws of Love

    The Family Tree

    Naoise at Four


    From the Irish of Pangur Ban

    Elegy for a Youth Changed to a Swan

    O Fons Bandusiae

    Dependence Day

    Conversation with an Inspector of Taxes

    The Atlantic Ocean

    Chorus of the Shadows

    The Greek Experience

    Suburban Woman

    Ode to Suburbia

    The Hanging Judge

    In Her Own Image 1980

    Tirade for the Mimic Muse

    In Her Own Image

    In His Own Image







    Making Up

    Night Feed 1980

    Domestic Interior

    Night Feed

    Before Spring





    Fruit on a Straight-Sided Tray


    After a Childhood Away from Ireland


    The Muse Mother

    A Ballad of Home

    Patchwork or the Poet's Craft

    In the Garden

    Degas's Laundresses

    Woman in Kitchen

    Woman Posing

    It's a Woman's World

    Tirade for the Epic Muse

    The New Pastoral

    On Renoir's The Grape Pickers

    'Daphne with her thighs in bark'

    The Woman Changes Her Skin

    The Woman Turns Herself into a Fish

    The Woman in the Fur Shop

    The Woman as Mummy's Head

    A Ballad of Beauty and Time

    The Journey 1987


    I Remember

    Mise Eire

    Self-Portrait on a Summer Evening

    The Oral Tradition


    The Unlived Life


    The Bottle Garden

    Suburban Woman: A Detail

    The Briar Rose

    The Women


    The Fire in Our Neighbourhood

    On Holiday

    Growing Up

    There and Back

    The Wild Spray


    The Journey



    Listen. This is the Noise of Myth

    An Irish Childhood in England:1951

    Fond Memory

    Canaletto in the National Gallery of Ireland

    The Emigrant Irish

    Tirade for the Lyric Muse

    The Woman takes her Revenge on the Moon

    The Glass King

    Outside History

    I Object Lessons

    The Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me

    The Rooms of Other Women Poets

    Object Lessons

    On the Gift of The Birds of America by John James Audubon

    The Game

    The Shadow Doll

    The River

    Mountain Time

    The Latin Lesson

    Bright-Cut Irish Silver

    We Were Neutral in the War

    II Outside History: A sequence

    I The Achill Woman

    II A False Spring

    III The Making of an Irish Goddess

    IV White Hawthorn in the West of Ireland

    V Daphne Heard with Horror the Addresses of the God

    VI The Photograph on My Father's Desk

    VII We Are Human History. We Are Not Natural History

    VIII An Old Steel Engraving

    IX In Exile

    X We Are Always Too Late

    XI What We Lost

    XII Outside History

    III Distances

    The Nights of Childhood

    The Carousel in the Park


    Spring at the Edge of the Sonnet

    Our Origins Are in the Sea

    Midnight Flowers

    Doorstep Kisses

    A Different Light

    Hanging Curtains with an Abstract Pattern in a Child's Room

    Ghost Stories

    What Love Intended


    In a Time of Violence 1994

        The Singers

    I Writing in a Time of Violence: A sequence

    1 That the Science of Cartography is Limited

    2 The Death of Reason

    3 March 1 1847. By the First Post

    4 In a Bad Light

    5 The Dolls Museum in Dublin

    6 Inscriptions

    7 Beautiful Speech

    II Legends

    This Moment


    The Pomegranate

    At the Glass Factory in Cavan Town

    The Water-Clock


    A Sparrow Hawk in the Suburbs

    In Which the Ancient History I Learn Is Not My Own

    The Huguenot Graveyard at the Heart of the City

    The Parcel

    Lava Cameo

    The Source


    III Anna Liffey

    Anna Liffey


    Time and Violence

    The Art of Grief

    A Woman Painted on a Leaf

    The Lost Land 1998

    I Colony

    1 My Country in Darkness

    2 The Harbour

    3 Witness

    4 Daughters of Colony

    5 Imago

    6 The Scar

    7 City of Shadows

    8 Unheroic

    9 The Colonists

    10 A Dream of Colony

    11 A Habitable Grief

    12 The Mother Tongue

    II The Lost Land


    The Lost Land

    Mother Ireland

    The Blossom


    Ceres Looks at the Morning

    Tree of Life


    Dublin, 1959

    Watching Old Movies When They Were New



    The Last Discipline

    The Proof that Plato Was Wrong

    The Necessity for Irony

    Formal Feeling


    Code 2001

    I Marriage

    I In Which Hester Bateman, Eighteenth-Century English Silversmith, Takes an Irish Commission

    II Against Love Poetry

    III The Pinhole Camera

    IV Quarantine

    V Embers

    VI Then

    VII First Year

    VIII Once

    IX Thankėd be Fortune

    X A Marriage for the Millennium

    XI Lines for a Thirtieth Wedding Anniversary

    II Code



    Making Money

    Exile! Exile!

    Once in Dublin

    How We Made a New Art on Old Ground

    Emigrant Letters

    The Burdens of a History

    Horace Odes: II:XI


    Hide this Place from Angels

    Limits 2

    How the Earth and All the Planets Were Created

    A Model Ship Made by Prisoners Long Ago

    Is It Still the Same

    Suburban Woman: Another Detail

    Irish Poetry

    Index of First Lines

    Index of Titles

    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 was Mabury Knapp Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, California. ... read more
    Awards won by Eavan Boland Winner, 2017 Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award
    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
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