An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967­-1987

An Origin Like Water Collected Poems Here from one of our major poets is the collected early work that has been long unavailable in this country Included in this volume is the work from Eavan Boland s five early volumes of poetry New T

  • Title: An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967­-1987
  • Author: Eavan Boland
  • ISBN: 9780393316018
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here, from one of our major poets, is the collected early work that has been long unavailable in this country Included in this volume is the work from Eavan Boland s five early volumes of poetry New Territory, The War Horse, In Her Own Image, Night Feed, and The Journey.The poems from Boland s first book, New Territory, show her to be, at twenty two, a master of formal vHere, from one of our major poets, is the collected early work that has been long unavailable in this country Included in this volume is the work from Eavan Boland s five early volumes of poetry New Territory, The War Horse, In Her Own Image, Night Feed, and The Journey.The poems from Boland s first book, New Territory, show her to be, at twenty two, a master of formal verse reflecting Irish history and myth This collection charts the ways in which Boland s work breaks from poetic tradition, honors it, and reinvents it Poems like Anorexic, Mastectomy, and Witching have an intensity reminiscent of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton In later poems, her subjects become personal, sequencing Boland s life as a woman, poet, and mother Boland writes, I grew to understand the Irish poetic tradition only when I went into exile with it, becoming, in effect, a displaced person in a pastoral chaos This collection demonstrates how Boland s mature voice developed from the poetics of inner exile into a subtle, flexible idiom uniquely her own.

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    1. Atlantis—A Lost SonnetHow on earth did it happen, I used to wonderthat a whole city—arches, pillars, colonnades, not to mention vehicles and animals—had all one fine day gone under?I mean, I said to myself, the world was small then.Surely a great city must have been missed?I miss our old city —white pepper, white pudding, you and I meeting under fanlights and low skies to go home in it. Maybe what really happened is this: the old fable-makers searched hard for a wordto convey that what i [...]

    2. The litheness of Bolen’s skills as a poet is traced through this collection covering 20 years of her work. She flexes from strict poetic form to freedom with line and meter and her subject matter blazes a wide swath from Ireland’s national history to women’s struggles to deep, yet non-esoteric introspection. The reader,seeing her collections together, can trace the phases of Boland’s life: childhood, womanhood, motherhood and maturity. These poems are interspersed with deftly written poe [...]

    3. I first read her poem Anna Liffey in anthology of Irish poets and went out and got this book. Anna Liffey is an incredible poem and she has other really great poems as well, a lot dealing with women's issues (motherhood, sexuality, roles, violence, sex work), some that draw on literary tradition, Irish experiences (especially that of an "exile" and the childhood of the poet in England), and Greek myth even. She's a brilliant woman who is both academic and personal - I love women who can write th [...]

    4. I had just read An Origin Like Water, and found myself sitting across from Ms. Boland in a hotel lobby in Houston. It was all I could do to stop myself from falling to my knees. She wields words like a pitcher throws a change-up. All you can do is shake your head and wonder how _that_ happened

    5. Boland is clever and erudite, and those dimensions are well-represented here, but the works in this collection seldom achieved anything I would consider poetic in terms of their emotional impact. These are traditional, formal, and overly concerned with rhyme and structure--the earlier works in particular; the later works are largely free of that.

    6. Some poems were amazing. Most were at the very least good. However it pales in comparison to the genius that is "Against Love Poetry".

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