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That the Science of Cartography Is Limited
That the Science of Cartography Is Limited
by Eavan Boland

That the Science of Cartography Is Limited Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Free Verse A little of this, a little of that, this poem boogies however it wants to. "That the Science of Cartography is Limited" is written in free verse. Move along, iambic pentameter fans; Bola...

Speaker

In this poem, we've got Art battling it out with Science, and Representation throwing fists at Experience; these are some age-old debates, with lotsa great thinkers stacked up on each side. But who...

Setting

From here to there and back again, this poem takes us on some super time-space adventures. Primarily, the happenings of the poem occur in two different places, at two different times. When we're in...

Sound Check

Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle, yeah. "That the Science of Cartography is Limited" is written in free verse, so it's not redundant or hard to understand, like some traditional verse forms; you...

What's Up With the Title?

"That the Science of Cartography is Limited" is a pretty striking title. It acts as a hypothesis that the poem will go on to prove. (And prove it, it does.) By the end of the poem, we are thoroughl...

Calling Card

Melding the Personal and the Political Boland is known around the world for being a feminist poet—for writing about the experience of being a woman, a mother, and a writer. And with this position...

Tough-o-Meter

(3) Base CampOnce you understand the historical context of "That the Science of Cartography is Limited," (and we've got you covered, check out "In a Nutshell") this poem should be easy peasy for al...

Trivia

Boland wasn't always contemplating maps; she actually grew up in a map-less home. (Source)Science alert: the potato famine was caused by the fungus Phytophthora infestans. Doesn't sound too fun to...

Steaminess Rating

G This poem is about the Irish Potato Famine. Despite one would-be romantic walk in the woods, there's nothing sexy to see here.

Allusions

Historical ReferencesThe Irish Potato Famine Connacht

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