“An Example of Dissidence”: A Reflection on Eavan Boland’s Reading of Patrick Kavanagh

Authors

  • Hitomi Nakamura Ritsumeikan University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37389/abei.v23i2.197755

Keywords:

Eavan Boland, Patrick Kavanagh, A matter of tradition, Sonnet form

Abstract

This article provides insight into the creative and intellectual nexus between Eavan Boland and Patrick Kavanagh, one of the many Irish poets referred to in Boland’s critical and autobiographical prose. While acknowledging that her intellectual relationship with the older poet, in some respects, is “an example of dissidence,” Boland found that it was her earlier intimacy with him that made her an object-becoming-author. Additionally, in terms of poetry composition, this article sheds light on Boland’s interest in Kavanagh’s use of the sonnet form in “Epic” and discusses her updated version of the historical form. Their encounter, examined in the article, reveals that both poets sought to redefine the “tradition” from within and rearticulate it in their own circumstances. 

Author Biography

Hitomi Nakamura, Ritsumeikan University

Hitomi Nakamura received an MPhil in Irish Writing from Trinity College Dublin (2012) and a PhD in English from Ritsumeikan University (2014). She is now an associate professor at the College of Letters at Ritsumeikan University. She lives in Kyoto, Japan.

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Published

2021-05-23

How to Cite

Nakamura, H. (2021). “An Example of Dissidence”: A Reflection on Eavan Boland’s Reading of Patrick Kavanagh. ABEI Journal, 23(2), 105-118. https://doi.org/10.37389/abei.v23i2.197755

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