in the Guardian called this a forlorn, regretful collection and commented on Boland's staccato aesthetic, her habit of using as opening line a single word which is also a single sentence. The...
had been brought up, before the Easter Uprising, to admire Parnell
, John Redmond
, and Mr Asquith
O’Brien, Kate. My Ireland. B. T. Batsford, 1962.
Now, she says, she gradually learned that she was a lifelong non-fanatic and non-patriot,...
was a feminist and suffragist. (Lindsay further suggests that her third child's middle name, Redmond, may signal sympathy with the cause of Irish independence: he may have been named after John Redmond