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English Poetry Project
Transcript of English Poetry Project
Sarah Samuel It's a Woman's World
by Eavan Boland Background Born on September 24th, 1944 in
Drew inspiration from paintings
of Jan Van Eyck and Jean Baptist
Chardin which depict still-life domestic
Poem written for her collection
"Night Feed" (1982)
Taught at the School of Irish
studies in Dublin in the late
70s and 80s
Taught at several colleges in the United States and Ireland including Bowdoin College, Washington University, University College Dublin, and Stanford University. Theme/Criticism Theme-The way women are perceived has not changed much since ancient times Key words whetted- Definition of WHET: to sharpen by rubbing
on or with something (as a stone) <whet a knife>
gristing :Definition of GRISTMILL: a mill for grinding
plume: something resembling a feather
(as in shape, appearance, or lightness):
as an elongated and usually open and mobile
column or band (as of smoke, exhaust gases,
or blowing snow) Title: It's a Woman's World One view-supporting and uplifting women in the world
Other view-a sarcastic indicator of a poem that was to highlight women's plight in a desperate,
annoyed manner Criticism- "...one of the most important poets in contemporary Irish literature."
"...commend...exploration of feminist issues in her work, particularly the role of women in Irish literature and society."
"...she has...subverted traditional Irish mythology and concepts of female identity in order to express a more accurate perspective on the contributions and achievements of women in Irish history,
politics, and culture." describes woman's role throughout human history
since dawn of civilization, women have been lower class
they are still not on equal ground with men
women are defined by their ability in domestic pursuits, mistakes in life
weren't allowed to take part of great historical events
men handled worldly and life changing events, women stayed at home, carried on with daily activities
Girls ushered towards traditional roles more than they should be
History skims over the injustices against women, ancient texts assure that women were never interested in pursuits beyond household walls
still view women as ambition-less beings and refuse to give a higher status in today's world Setting Speaker-the author herself
Place-No specific place; aimed at women all over the world
Occasion-a call to action for women to
rightfully demand equality, and act
towards it. Tone Defiantly sardonic
(lines 30-34) Analysis 3rd stanza-the repeated 'L' sound
symbolizes the longing of having more to
remember life by than mistakes: lines 19-21
Lines 27-28: represents women's absence from history in all but an evil manner
Mentions of fire (lines 5, 23, 51) represents the anger, repressed passions, and regrets of women who were, are, and will be skipped over in history due to no other fact than their gender.
11th stanza-no one pays attention to women's efforts to
be noticed in the world, but they still blame women
for their position in life Attitude In the poem the speaker is going against history and society to prove that women deserve equality. She is disappointed with both
how history has treated women and how
women have dealt with the inequality. She wants to encourage women to step out of their
comfort zones and fight for their equality. Shifts Title: New and Improved The first 4 stanzas of the poem provide background information on women in history.
The next 3 stanzas illustrate how women are defined in history.
Stanzas 8 and 9 give examples of the woman's place in history.
The next 2 stanzas show how women in the present day are affected by their history.
The last 3 stanzas present today's woman through ancient eyes. After reading the poem, the title
adds meaning to the poem. The title is showing women that the world is theirs and if they want to rule it they
have to stand up for what they
believe is right. Paraphrase Sources Boland, Eavan. "It's a Woman's World." Encyclopedia.com. N.p., Jan. 2005. Web. 20 Feb. 2013. "Author Biography." Poetry for Students.Gale Cengage, . eNotes.com. 20 Feb, 2013 <http://www.enotes.com/womans-world/> Lam, Janet. "It's a Woman's World Analysis." It's a Woman's World Analysis. N.p., 2004. Web. 22 Feb. 2013.