Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland was an Irish poet who taught at Stanford University. Her poetry focuses on Irish life and often takes a feminist perceptive on various social issues. She won the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. Her first book was published in 1967. It was followed by The War Horse, In Her Own Image, and Night Feed.


Eavan Boland’s poem ‘Quarantine’ is a non-traditional love poem about a husband and wife who are forced to move north during the Great Irish Famine in 1847. RTÉ shortlisted 10 poems as Ireland’s favorite poems of the last century in 2015. Boland’s ‘Quarantine’ was one of them.

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