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It's a Woman's World Summary
Eavan Boland

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It's a Woman's World Summary


Eavan Boland's "It's a Woman's World" was first published in her poetry collection Night Feed (1982). The poem can also be found in An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems 1967—1987 (1996).

Like many poems in Night Feed, "It's a Woman's World" focuses on issues of female identity and how the contributions of women have been overlooked in Irish art, myth, and history. Boland also highlights the domestic work and lives of Irish women in the poem, which is another popular theme throughout the collection. In creating the poems in Night Feed, Boland drew inspiration from the paintings of Jan Van Eyck and Jean-Baptiste Chardin, which mostly depict still-life and domestic scenes. By focusing attention on the domestic aspect of life, Boland gives the domestic sphere a place of importance in history. By expressing that women have contributed to the wider culture through their domestic work, she also emphasizes the inaccuracy of...

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