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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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). Hailed by Seamus Heaney as ‘one of the era’s true originals’, Muldoon seems determined to escape definition yet this volume, chosen by the poet himself, serves as an indispensable introduction to his trademark combination of intellectual high jinx and emotional honesty. Among his many honours are the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the Shakespeare Prize ‘for contributions from English-speaking Europe to the European inheritance.’
‘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.’
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