by Eavan Boland
I am submitting a favorite love poem, “Quarantine” by Eavan Boland because it is a very atypical love poem. We think of love poems as gushing paeans to or about the beloved and these poems tend to be about the “easy graces and sensuality of the body” as Boland admits in her poem. Boland uses repetition beautifully in her poem to reinforce the relentlessness of the couple’s situation and also the enduring relentlessness of their love and commitment to each other. Her last line is the kicker: that love can somehow “best be proved” in “darkness” meaning in the toughest of times.