Eavan Boland and Eilean Ni Chuilleanain Poetry Analysis
2557 WordsFeb 2nd, 201810 Pages
It is a common topic between writers and can be discussed and approached from a variety of angles. When examining the theme of identity within poetry, it appears as a particularly reoccurring topic throughout the work of female Irish poets. There are many factors that contribute to this. This essay will use two Irish female poets and their work in order to outline these factors. Eavan Boland and Eilean Ni Chuilleanain are both female Irish poets whose work focuses primarily on the issue of identity as a fragile, constructed thing. This essay will use close examination of both Boland and Ni Chuilleanain’s work in order to explore how two separate female poets deal with the topic of identity. It will primarily focus on female identity and how it is difficult for women to break free from their stereotypical and expected behaviour. It will outline both the similarities and the differences between their approaches to the theme. It will discuss how the poets deal with the theme of identity under headings such as female stereotypes and sexuality, a shared recuperation of domestic life, the motif of the journey within poetry and a lack of ‘real’ women within myths and national history. This essay will also highlight how a lack of matrilineal ancestors mean that many women are deemed to adhere to a romanticized and unrealistic form of female identity.
Both Boland and Ni Chuilleanain focus on the…
Eiléan Ní Chilleanáin is a relatively new poet on the course and has only appeared once on the Leaving Certificate exam so far. What a lovely question about this wonderful poet!
‘Ní Chuilleanáin’s demanding subject matter and formidable style can prove challenging.’
‘Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin on your course.
Here are some other sample questions on Ní Chuilleanáin:
‘Ní Chuilleanáin is a truly imaginative poet, exploring other worlds and realms in an inventive fashion.’
Write a response to this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poems you have studied.
‘Ní Chuilleanáin’s poetry reflects her interest in traditional worlds and is rich in symbolism and allusion.’
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this assessment of her poetry? Support your answer with suitable reference to the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.
‘Ní Chuilleanáin writes about people and places in poems full of vivid imagery.’
Write your response to this statement, supporting your answers with suitable reference to the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin on your course.
‘Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin writes on public and private themes in a way that engages and fascinates.’
To what extent do you agree with this statement? Support the points you make with suitable reference to the poems by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin on your course.
To help you come to a fuller understanding of this poet’s work, Poetry Ireland has recorded Ní Chuilleanáin reading her poem ‘All For You’. She then gives an interpretation of this poem, along with a discussion of other aspects of poetry. You can watch this recording for yourself here.