Eileen Duggan earned her living writing poetry, essays and reviews, and as a journalist. Her volumes of poetry sold well and were widely admired. For a time, she was New Zealand’s best-known poet, internationally.
Duggan was noted for her lyricism, but as this style went out of favour her popularity declined. However, she pursued her own path, with her Catholic faith a vital part of her life and her post-war poems continue to resonate as expressions of moral and religious experience.