SOME LINGUISTIC FEATURES OF EAVON BOLAND’S WORKS (BASED ON THE POEM “DEGA’S LAUNDRESSES”)


  • Veronica Gaidar
Keywords: art, female-laundress, painting, artist, man-artist

Abstract

The article deals with the main themes of Eavan Boland’s poetry. Eavan Boland is an Irish leading woman-poet, whose works are transparent and realistic. In her poem entitled “Dega’s Laundresses”, Boland illustrates the way in which visual art overtly objectifies women. The speaker in the poem watches the laundresses as they work, noticing an artist preparing to sketch them. In contrast to the artist who simply views the women as objects for his painting, the speaker acknowledges the individuality of the workers, noticing that they seam dreams in the folds. The speaker notes the physical strain involved in the work of the laundresses as they carry heavy baskets of linens. The physical labor acknowledgedby the speaker is contrasted with the ease of the painting lurking behind the women. The language used to describe the scene elicits a sense of danger. Through the imagery employed in “Dega’s Laundresses”, Boland conveys the notion that visual art reduces women to static objects. By comparing the painting to a shroud in the closing lines of the poem, Boland illustrates the way in which the objectification of women in art reduces them to static objects, essentially rendering them dead. Unlike the speaker in the poem, the artist failed to recognize the women as individuals with their own unique stories and, instead, regarded them simply as aesthetic objects. As noted by Boland, this reduction and simplification of women in all forms of art serves to both disembody and disempower women in society. Again, Boland hopes to expose the dangers of the objectification of women in art and encourage women to become the creators of art and to express their own individual stories. In her works, Boland deliberately reveals the potential of art, showing its power of creation, and tries to determine her own contribution to this process.

References

1. Auge, A. J. Fracture and wound: Eavan Boland’s poetry of nationality. Vol. 8 (2). N.p.: n.p., 2004. Print. New Hibernia Review.
2. Clutterbuck, C. Eavan Boland and the politics of authority in Irish poetry . Vol. 35 (1). N.p.: n.p., 2005. Print. The Yearbook of English Studies.
3. Randolph, J. A. An interview with Eavan Boland. Vol. 23 (1). N.p.: n.p., 1993. Print. Irish University Review.
Published
2017-09-15
How to Cite
Gaidar, V. (2017). SOME LINGUISTIC FEATURES OF EAVON BOLAND’S WORKS (BASED ON THE POEM “DEGA’S LAUNDRESSES”). English and American Studies, (14), 126-133. Retrieved from https://anglistika.dp.ua/index.php/AA/article/view/203
Section
RELEVANT ISSUES OF LITERARY STUDIES