The Limitation of Myth in Eavan Boland's Poetry


  • Researcher Hawraa Hamid Kadhim College of Education for Human Science
  • Asst. Prof. Shireen Shihab Hamad Wasit University, College of Education for Human Sciences, Department of English



Eavan Boland, myth, mythmaking, and revision


The study aims to shed light on how Eavan Boland uses myth to infuse her feminist perspective and revive these myths with a new spirit. To deconstruct the patriarchal portrayal of woman that reduces her to a mere object, Boland recreates myths and carefully discusses its dangers. The study demonstrates the limitations of myth and shows how with or without revising myth, Boland cannot find an essential remedy for women quandary. Myth cannot mend a woman's wounds or provide solutions to her issues. Despite the fact that Boland makes an effort to challenge the stereotypical image of women, but her characters never achieve true freedom or happy endings and this is clear in her poem ''The Making of an Irish Goddess'' .


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How to Cite

Hawraa Hamid Kadhim, R., & Shireen Shihab Hamad, A. P. . (2023). The Limitation of Myth in Eavan Boland’s Poetry. Lark, 16(1), 761-745.