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Eavan Boland - Insights Provided By Boland's Use Of Language

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Leaving Certificate 2011: 4

Boland’s reflective insights are expressed through her precise use of language. 4

Write your response to this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the poetry on your course. 4

Leaving Certificate 2011:

Boland’s reflective insights are expressed through her precise use of language.

Write your response to this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the poetry on your course.

I agree with the statement that Eavan Boland’s reflective insights are expressed through her precise use of language. I love Boland’s poetry; she manages to imbue personal moments and objects with universal significance and, as a result, she is a very thought-provoking and appealing poet.  
          
A fine example of how her reflective insights are expressed through her precise use of language is the poem, ‘This Moment’. On reading it, I was immediately touched by its simplicity, and I’m not surprised that Boland is often described as ‘painterly’ because she creates a series of simple yet vivid images: ‘One tree is black/One window is yellow as butter’, before which she instilled within the poem a sense of mystery and anticipation: ‘Things are getting ready/to happen/out of sight’.

 
Throughout ‘This Moment’, Boland uses short lines to mirror the brevity of the ‘moment’ she is describing, her precision exemplified by her inclusion of twelve full-stops in such a short poem. And the moment she builds this poem around is ...

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