Every year, assured teachers and anxious students do their best to guess what prescribed poets will appear on the last pages of those ugly pink exam papers. It's a doomed cycle we all experience and contemplate, even all the way up until the famous Paper 2 day. With those 2017 exams around the corner to ruin our summer while everyone else is planning their holidays, you want to be really, really, really sure of your poet choices to prevent yourself from cry the season away with regrets. Now, quite obviously, you can almost certainly guess what I'm going to ask... *ahem* Which word-playing, emotionally crippled writer (a poet, duh) are you studying? How many? And who is your best bet to show up? And why/what's the reasons for studying them? Personally, I am largely betting on Eavan Boland definitely being on that paper. And why? Well, she is an Irish poet! But not is she only an Irish poet, she is a female poet AND alive. The famous and unconfirmed myth among teachers and students is that when in it comes to poet selection, there will be one female poet and/or one Irish poet on the papers. And so far this has proven to be true for several years.