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While creating the poems in Night Feed, Boland looked to the paintings of Jean-Baptiste Chardin and Jan van Eyck for inspiration. Find a painting by one of these visual artists, and write your own poem, story, or play based on the painting.

Research the history of an occupation that is thought of as traditionally female, such as nursing, quilting, or cooking. Trace the development of the occupation, and prepare a presentation on how the job has changed in recent years. You may want to compare the occupation to its traditional male counterpart, such as doctor, tailor, or chef.

Stanza 8 of Boland's poem alludes to a historical beheading of an unnamed king. Research the story of Judith and Holofernes, and then find versions of the story in literature and painting and present a comparison of some of these depictions of the tale. Discuss how the details of...

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