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Paul Muldoon

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Paul Muldoon is firmly established as among the most challenging of contemporary poets.His work ranges from explorations of his native Ulster, and his life there, to more esoteric subjects such as the discovery of America by a medieval Welsh prince, and the work of creators and philosophers from Auden to Spinoza. Personal and public, complex and probing, surprising and attractive, Muldoon's poetry is a microcosm of the concerns of contemporary literature. In this, the first book on Muldoon, Tim Kendall explores ...
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Overview

Paul Muldoon is firmly established as among the most challenging of contemporary poets.His work ranges from explorations of his native Ulster, and his life there, to more esoteric subjects such as the discovery of America by a medieval Welsh prince, and the work of creators and philosophers from Auden to Spinoza. Personal and public, complex and probing, surprising and attractive, Muldoon's poetry is a microcosm of the concerns of contemporary literature. In this, the first book on Muldoon, Tim Kendall explores his life and writing from his student volume to his present work as a lecturer at Princeton. He devotes a chapter to each of Muldoon's books, placing it in the context of his life, writing in Ireland and contemporary poetry. In the course of this tour of the Muldoon canon Kendall offers an accessible and distinguished reading of the work, supplemented by a chapter of biography. The resulting study is an indispensable guide to one of the most exciting figures in world poetry.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Irish poet Paul Muldoon, who is in his mid-40s, has built a body of work that is perplexing and breathtaking at the same time. Since his teens, when he was noticed by the Northern Irish poets Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley, Muldoon has produced book after book, each of which outdoes its predecessor in both technical accomplishment and breadth of conception. Increasingly, from the short lyrics of Why Brownlee Left to the "exploded and intercut" sestinas that make up the bulk of The Annals of Chile, Muldoon has taken deeper sanctuary behind audacious formalism and oblique ambitions. For admirers of Muldoon as well as for those frustrated by the slick and evasive surfaces of his work, this is the book to have. Kendall, a research fellow at the University of Newcastle, examines Muldoon's career book by book, detailing the reception of each in England and Ireland and the personal background behind its composition. Most important, Kendall brings to earth some of Muldoon's most obscure references and shows them to be connected to a very private life. Wives, girlfriends, colleagues, a love of the high life, a brilliant career of reading and a sometimes bitter disposition are all parts of Kendall's critical exposition of the poems. And to discover that an acrostic reading of Muldoon's "Capercaillies" spells out "Is This a New Yorker Poem or What" is worth the price of admission. This is an essential work on an important, enigmatic and challenging poet. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802313126
  • Publisher: Dufour Editions, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Contemporary Poets Series
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Preface 7
Fathers and Mothers: on Paul Muldoon's Life 9
Learning to Fly: New Weather and Early Poetry 25
Between Heaven and Earth: Mules 44
Singleminded Swervings: why Brownlee Left 64
A Moral For Our Times: Quoof 90
Something Else Again: Meeting the British 119
Parallel to the Parallel Realm: Madoc - A Mystery 149
The Poetry of Architecture: Shining Brow 175
Muldoodles: The Prince of the Quotidian and Six Honest Serving Men 192
A Deep-Seated Hurt: The Annals of Chile 209
Bibliography 241
Index 252
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