Selected Poems 1968–2014
Selected Poems 1968-2014 offers forty-five years of work drawn from twelve individual collections by a poet who ‘began as a prodigy and has gone on to become a virtuoso’ (Michael Hofmann).
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A thrilling new selection of Paul Muldoon’s poetry, drawn from over four decades and twelve individual collections.
A poet who ‘began as a prodigy and has gone on to become a virtuoso’ (Michael Hofmann) and hailed by Seamus Heaney as ‘one of the era’s true originals’, Paul Muldoon seems almost to defy definition in his work; nevertheless, this selection, chosen by the poet himself, will serve new readers as an indispensable introduction to his trademark combination of intellectual high jinx and emotional honesty. And for those readers already familiar with his work, the volume provides a panoramic glance across the meteoric career of a poet who performs ‘high above the regular traffic of poetry’ (Sunday Times).
‘One of the great poets of the past hundred years, who can be everything in his poems – word-playful, lyrical, hilarious, melancholy. And angry. Only Yeats before him could write with such measured fury.’
‘[Muldoon’s] technical and linguistic brilliance is probably second to none; the poems are the textual equivalent of a high-wire act, with juggling.’
‘The most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets, [who] writes poems like no one else.’
Over four decades of work, [Muldoon] has evolved one of the most brilliantly baroque styles in modern verse, looping his stanzas together with tongue in-cheek off-rhymes and encyclopaedic leaps of association. … [He is] a much more ambitious and accomplished public poet than anyone we have now in Britain.’
‘The most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.’
…how do you bring out a small book of poetry by Muldoon, whose work has been so much about being various? This personal selection by the poet himself is exemplary for showing how you can be important and playful at the same time. Reading it bring not just joy, but also a kind of relief for the way he sets language free.
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