Vale: Eavan Boland

Eavan Boland

Renowned  Irish poet Eavan Boland has died at the age of 75 following a stroke in Dublin earlier today.

In her inaugural address as Ireland’s first female head of state, in December 1990, Mary Robinson declared that “as a woman I want the women who have felt themselves outside history to be written back into history, in the words of Eavan Boland, ‘finding a voice where they found a vision’.”

Boland’s poetry collections include A Poet’s Dublin (Carcanet Press, 2014), A Woman Without a Country (W. W. Norton, 2014), New Collected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2008), An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967-1987 (W. W. Norton, 1996), and In Her Own Image (Arien House, 1980).

In addition to her books of poetry, Boland was also the author of the essay collection A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet (W. W. Norton, 2011), which won the 2012 PEN Award; Object Lessons: The Life of the Woman and the Poet in Our Time (W. W. Norton, 1995), a volume of prose; and After Every War (Princeton, 2004), an anthology of German women poets. She also co-edited The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (W. W. Norton, 2000).

Boland’s awards include a Lannan Foundation Award in Poetry, an American Ireland Fund Literary Award, a Jacob’s Award for her involvement in The Arts Programme broadcast on RTÉ Radio, and an honorary degree from Trinity College. A member of the American Academy of Arts & Science, she taught at Trinity College, University College, and Bowdoin College, among others. She was also a regular reviewer for the Irish Times. Until recently she was a professor of English at Stanford University, where she directed the creative writing program.

Quarantine – a poem shortlisted for A Poem for Ireland Award in 2016 can be read here:


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