Boland: Can the Expat Find a “Home” in Language?
Eavan Boland’s work explores in detail the means through which the music, rhythms, and structures of poetic language can form a kind of contemplative and homely space of creation for the expat and particularly for the expat woman writer. Eavan Boland is the only writer examined in the book who is also a professor and academic at an Ivy League university. Therefore, her professional position as English professor also serves to speak for the range of professions and occupations that so many Irish expatriates have gained through their proficiency in English and, for some, through their command and mastery of English as a creative resource. This chapter also explores how Boland has found her way into poetry through her research into somewhat overlooked woman writers in the Irish tradition such as Jane Wilde (“Speranza”) and Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill. The chapter also gives a reading of Boland’s own reading of Goldsmith’s “The Deserted Village”.