To start with, she inscribes the figure of the female peasant in the representation of the rural landscape, thus making her experience visible, but instead of presenting her as a coquettish shepherdess--as much bucolic poetry
does--Boland's Achill woman exposes the privations of the rural world and the inequalities within Irish society.
233-246, wisdom performance on the Athenian stage, the ambiguous legacy of Black Athena, measured speech in Plato's Phaidros, Artemis and the origins of bucolic poetry
, Roman cultural identity in Cicero's Pro Archia, ancient Greek authors in Byzantium as exemplified by the homilies of the Emperor Leo VI, and adventures of a femme fatale in Byzantine Constantinople and modern Athens.
It appealed--and invisibly through pastoral Virgil's Georgics and Eclogues also appealed--because of the possibility of extracting from didactic and bucolic poetry
the kind of sentimentalized view of nature that the eighteenth century loved.