By: Rachel Forsythe

Throughout my life, I’ve always had a deep appreciation for poetry.  It amazes me how poets can express complex emotions, themes, and metaphors in just a few stanzas.  As Voltaire once said “Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls.”   Throughout these last few months, I have been discovering different elements of Irish culture.  I’ve been enchanted by Ireland’s vast grassy plains, beautiful architecture, and bustling cities.  Irish art, music, and dancing have all become interests of mine.  But, above all, I appreciate Irish poetry. Moreover, I appreciate Ireland’s influence on American poetry.

Eavan Boland was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1944. She moved to London with her family at the age of six but soon returned to Ireland to receive her B.A. at Trinity College in 1966. She immigrated to America and has been living in California since 1996. She is currently a poetry professor at and director of the creativity writing program at Stanford University. Continue reading