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The Lost Land: Poems

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In The Lost Land, Eavan Boland "is intensely engaged with the ancient bardic lineage of her homeland, giving her poems an ineluctable moral gravity. . . . Her poems offer a curative gift of merciful vision to a country blinded by its own blood and pain, as her narrators wait more or less patiently in their 'difficult knowledge' for the healing of their country's wounds" (S ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published November 17th 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1998)
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Sep 26, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it
While I didn’t enjoy this collection as much as A Woman Without a Country, The Lost Land is still a beautiful, thoughtful collection of poems. They straddle that wonderful line of being both intimate and universal. Recommended.
Robert Beveridge
Eavan Boland, The Lost Land (Norton, 1998)

Irish poet Eavan Boland may be one of the most critically acclaimed and much-lauded unknown poets in the world. She's served two terms as the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Stanford University, won the Lannan Award, curated poetry exhibits, published eight books of poetry and one of prose to the delight of critics everywhere, had poetry appear in all three of the great triumvirate of American poetry magazines (The New Yorker, Poetry, and The
Sep 25, 2012 Darrell rated it really liked it
So I thought the first half of this collection where the speaker applies some of the symbol of Ireland to herself (not necessarily her upbringing) were really well rendered poems. "Imago" is my favorite poem in this collection as it turns the collection to a more visceral self exploration.

However, the collection loses bite in the second part "The Lost Land" where I feel the poems get a little too sentimental. Maybe it's just me, but the whole daughter and mother dichotomy (and of course the "mot
Jul 07, 2011 Sandra rated it liked it
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Not as strong as other collections I have read by her but still enjoyable for the subtly of her growing self-awareness and the power conferred by such awareness to challenge the influences that have shaped her. I appreciate her tenuous exploration of how colonization as one of those an influence still effects a sense of nostalgia and bitterness, and maybe sorrow and guilt. This small volume is instructive in how Boland inscribes herself in the history of Ireland as an inhabitant AND an emigrant, ...more
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Jan 18, 2016 Gwyneth Stewart rated it it was amazing
A beautiful collection of poems by Irish poet Eavan Boland. It explores the themes of nationality, identity, and colony, from both the point of view of the colonizer and the colonized. This collection should be read like a novel, starting at page one and proceeding to the end, as the poems really do build on one another. Though each works individually, the whole here is truly greater than the sum of its parts. I loved this book.
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Aug 28, 2015 Christina Rau rated it liked it
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Reading Eavan Boland takes me into a world of lush greenery stuck in the rain. I always feel like I'm slogging through drizzle somewhere in Ireland, contemplating why words mean what they mean, how they go together, and how they fall apart. The Lost Land does this exactly. It is typical Boland, and I like the familiarity.
May 14, 2007 Casey rated it really liked it
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This was one of my professors in college. When I lived in Ireland and told people this, it was like I said I once made out with Brad Pitt.

I like the poems here. They are often so intimate that I feel as if I am intruding. The longer works are also great.
Mar 10, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Some really striking imagery, but it felt one-note/obsessive to me; the Irish colonization is an entire book's worth of pain? To a modern woman? (This was published in 1998 or so.) This is not me doubting her experience, this is me being surprised by her experience. Or something.
Feb 01, 2016 katharine rated it it was amazing
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Far and away, Eavan Boland is my favourite living poet. This collection of hers about her Irish homeland and heritage is stunning. It is worth every word.
Oct 25, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Not my favorite collection by the author, but lovely nonetheless. An interesting mix of Irish history, family history, and mythology.
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I am in love with Eavan Boland. She is a masterful poet, whose images dig way down into my soul to connect me to her experience and view of the world around her.
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Unmoved too often. Prose with line breaks.
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Born in Dublin in 1944, Eavan Boland studied in Ireland, London and New York. Her first book was published in 1967. She has taught at Trinity College, University College Dublin, Bowdoin College, and at the University of Iowa. She is currently Mabury Knapp Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, California. A pioneering figure in Irish poetry, Boland's previous works include The Journey ...more
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“This is what language is:
a habitual grief. A turn of speech
for the everyday and ordinary abrasion
of losses such as this:
which hurts
just enough to be a scar
And heals just enough to be a nation.”
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