Against Love Poetry by Eavan Boland

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A new collection of poems about marriage by one of our most celebrated poets.

These powerful poems are written against the perfections and idealizations of traditional love poetry. The man and woman in these poems are husband and wife, custodians of ordinary, aging human love. They are not figures in a love poem. Time is their essential witness, and not their destroyer.

About Eavan Boland

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Eavan Boland, author of, most recently, "The Lost Land", is professor of English at Stanford University.
Published September 17, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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By way of explaining one of her recent poems, ''That the Science of Cartography Is Limited,'' Eavan Boland wrote last year that she remained connected to this poem -- a philosophical measure of how little official documents tell us about humanity -- because it represented to her ''a small diagram...

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Boland's defiant stances, here as before, will remind many readers of Adrienne Rich—but the comparison may not be favorable for Boland: Rich's best work evinces complications, self-doubts and formal challenges the younger poet's rhetoric avoids, while Boland's aural choices mostly copy, rather th...

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