Thesis: Throughout Eavan Boland’s poems, she borrows from myths to explore how the idea of love and marriage have changed over time.Topic Sentence: In the poem “Love”, Boland both uses and creates myths to allow all of these different myths to come together or collide. “Where we once lived when myths collided” (Line 2)The poet herself is like Orpheus because she charms a loved one with her lines.There are also allusions to Aeneas in the underworld and Icarus’s flight as well as Ceres and Persephone as the poet remembers a child’s illness. This could be to set the grim tone that leads up to finding out about the child’s illness. This also ties in the grim tone to the idea of love and marriage. However, to go against this tone, Boland creates a plain tone that belongs to modern days. She heightens this tone, but the woman is still the speaker. This is used to contrast the difference between modern society and mythology. For modern society, she uses plain tone because everything and everyone seems to be the same, whereas with mythology, everything seems to take on a more dreamlike feel, making that part of her poem more poetic. “Dark falls on this mid-western town” (Line 1)The poem opens in Iowa and then a bridge by the river is seen in dusk. This river is supposedly referring the river Styx, which Aeneas visits. Boland chose to open the poem at dusk to create a tone of gloom and a sense of things coming to an end, specifically referring to a marriage. “The water / the hero crossed on his way to hell” (Lines 5-6)She wants this mythology to cross with ordinary things such as the Amish table in kitchen and their old apartment. This might be because she wants to bring ideals from mythology into the modern world. Topic Sentence: The name of the poem, “Love”, is also used in the poem and becomes mythologized in order to provide imagery and contrast between between modern society and mythology. “With the feather and muscle of wings” (Line 10)Boland mythologizes love to provide rich imagery, but it could also be to provide a contrast to modern society today, where love is not seen as an angelic thing like it was in mythology. Love is also seen as something almost elemental and because of this, it is personified as something very powerful and intense. There is also the implication that love can leave any time that it chooses because it is independent and separate. Boland uses Aeneas’s journey and relates it to the intensity of their love, however that intensity dies out. “A life they had shared and lost” (Line 19) “Hailed by his comrades in hell” (Line 16)She refers back to Aeneas’s journey through hell. As they travelled, they met many companions who had died and were trapped in the underworld. She references this by saying that her child had been touched by hell.This was obviously a very emotional time in the couple’s life, because their child had been touched by death but was, thankfully, spared. The poem talks about a life that had been shared and lost. This could be referring to the couple and how they felt that they had a different kind of love at that time. ”Love each other still.” (Line 22) ”Hear each other clearly.” (Line 24)The poem returns to the present day. The child is now healed and the couple still loves each other and they still hear each other clearly.However, that earlier intensity that was equated to Aeneas’s journey through hell is now lost and their love is now calm. Conclusion: Eavan Boland masterfully incorporates many different mythologies to show that love and marriage burns brightly and furiously and then slowly turns into a calming river. While the couple are still together and love each other very much, they are not the people that they once were. However, this view should not be taken negatively because, after all, Boland says that they are still together and still very much in love, but over time love’s intensity does burn out and turn into a slow lull.