Eavan Boland and Eilean Ni Chuilleanain Poetry Analysis

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Identity and its construction is a theme which is widely explored throughout poetry. 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

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