The Poetry of Paul Muldoon [NOOK Book]

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The Poetry of Paul Muldoon introduces the student and general reader to the critical discussion surrounding Muldoon’s oeuvre, as well as to his major themes. It examines the poet’s meditations on culture and nature, human and animal, speculations on the act of perception, figures fragmented by the Troubles, and philosophical considerations of colonisation. It then discusses what rank among the most beautiful and intricate elegies of our time. For Muldoon, art’s complicity in suffering is a political, ...
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The Poetry of Paul Muldoon

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Overview

The Poetry of Paul Muldoon introduces the student and general reader to the critical discussion surrounding Muldoon’s oeuvre, as well as to his major themes. It examines the poet’s meditations on culture and nature, human and animal, speculations on the act of perception, figures fragmented by the Troubles, and philosophical considerations of colonisation. It then discusses what rank among the most beautiful and intricate elegies of our time. For Muldoon, art’s complicity in suffering is a political, self-indicting question, which his best poems endeavour to answer. If sometimes this Pulitzer Prize winner insists that art has a positive role to play, at other times he fears that it merely feeds off the carnage. This critical book shows how, for Muldoon, art should not merely repeat the devastation of the world – although he is afraid that it does, and engages in bitter moral despair that places his work among the very best any contemporary poet has written. The Poetry of Paul Muldoon unearths difficult questions of form with a metaphysical significance that is suitable to our times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908308306
  • Publisher: The Liffey Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 225
  • File size: 380 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 New Weather (1973) 11

2 Mules (1977) 27

3 Why Brownlee Left (1980) 43

4 Quoof (1983) 61

5 Meeting the British (1987) 81

6 Madoc: A Mystery (1990) 99

7 The Annals of Chile (1994) 119

8 Hay (1998) 137

9 May Sand and Gravel (2002) 153

10 Horse Latitudes (2006) 173

Conclusion 193

Bibliography 199

Index 219

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