Boland and Yeats: Poetical Irish Dialogues

Authors

  • Marcel De Lima Santos Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37389/abei.v23i2.197756

Keywords:

Poetry, Boland, Yeats, Womanhood

Abstract

The present text aims at revisiting key poems by Eavan Boland and William Butler Yeats in order to bring together the apparently politically antagonistic voices of their authors, so that one can possibly understand the poetical dialogues that pervade such aesthetic representations and their complexities in dealing with themes such as love, legend, death, myth and womanhood. As if writing to remind one of the subject that should not forget her previous existence as object, Boland delivers her poetic achievement as a way to possibly disrupt the old patriarchal territory in which the sexual had overwhelmed the erotic for so long. And hence the black lace fan her mother gave her unsettles the male oriented land of Irish poetry and transcends it, not like the golden Yeatsian bird of Byzantium but like “the blackbird on this first sultry morning” until she can finally find a voice to fully express her Irish womanhood.

Author Biography

Marcel De Lima Santos, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Marcel De Lima Santos is a Ph.D. in Literary Studies from the University of Nottingham, England (2003). He is currently Associate Professor of Literatures in English at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He has experience in the area of Letters, having written diverse books, translations and scientific articles in the U.S.A., Australia and the U.K. He works mainly in the areas of Literatures in English, Religion, Poetry, Comparative Literature and Ethnopoetics.

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Published

2021-05-23

How to Cite

Santos, M. D. L. (2021). Boland and Yeats: Poetical Irish Dialogues. ABEI Journal, 23(2), 119-132. https://doi.org/10.37389/abei.v23i2.197756