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Ventriloquism: Paul Muldoon’s Feast of Forms

Natalie Pollard

in Poetry, Publishing, and Visual Culture from Late Modernism to the Twenty-first Century: Fugitive Pieces

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198852605
eISBN:
9780191887024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198852605.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Tracking fugitive dynamics into the twenty-first century, this chapter probes Paul Muldoon’s exploration of metamorphosing poetic and corporeal forms. It focuses on the ventriloquizing of artworks, ... More


Paul Muldoon’s Etymological Thread

David-Antoine Williams

in The Life of Words: Etymology and Modern Poetry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780198812470
eISBN:
9780191892585
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812470.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Paul Muldoon’s ‘negative epistemology’, which claims both total knowing and total unknowing on the part of the poet, is a main theme of this chapter, due to the double and porous valences etymologies ... More


Never Quite Showing his Hand: Robert Frost and Paul Muldoon

Rachel Buxton

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the impact of Robert Frost's poetry on Paul Muldoon's work. It shows that Muldoon has, at times, written Frost into his poetry — for example, ‘The Country Club’ began life with ... More


Etymology and Elegy: Paul Muldoon’s ‘Yarrow’ and ‘Cuthbert and the Otters’

Mia Gaudern

in Poetry & the Dictionary

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781789620566
eISBN:
9781789629989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620566.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

From the subtle and often ominous resonance of names in his earliest poems to the forensic investigations of Maggot (2010), Muldoon never allows etymology to be unequivocally relevant, or indeed ... More


‘Thirteen or Fourteen’: Paul Muldoon's Poetics of Adolescence

Stephen Burt

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the adolescent figures and situations in Paul Muldoon's poems. His poems present people who do not yet know who they are or what to do. The poems imagine teen romance and its ... More


The Old Country

Michael Wood

in Yeats and Violence

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199557660
eISBN:
9780191701726
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557660.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter focuses on certain aspects of Ireland as a figure — as a supposed locus of violence and contradiction — in certain poems: in ‘Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen’, of course but also in Andrew ... More


For Father Read Mother: Muldoon's Antecedents

Fran Brearton

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores the possibility that Robert Graves' poetry was the unlikely precursor for the mythological and lexicographical challenge posed by Muldoon's work. Muldoon's literary criticism, ... More


Yeats, Form, and Northern Irish Poetry

PETER McDONALD

in Serious Poetry: Form and Authority from Yeats to Hill

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199235803
eISBN:
9780191714542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235803.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The name of William Butler Yeats means a number of different things in the discourses of contemporary Irish literary criticism, some of them a very long way from what might be understood by ... More


‘All That’: Muldoon and the Vanity of Interpretation

John Lyon

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter begins by considering the various interpretations of Muldoon's poem, ‘A Trifle’, from the collection Quoof. While critics agree that this sonnet is about insignificance, all of them are ... More


Introduction: ‘To America, I’

Alex Alonso

in Paul Muldoon in America: Transatlantic Formations

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780198859659
eISBN:
9780191892011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198859659.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The introduction sets out the influence of the United States on Muldoon’s work before and after he arrives there, and establishes that his emigration from Ireland in 1987 marked a turning point in ... More


Pax Hibernica/Pax Americana: Rhyme and Reconciliation in Muldoon

Michael Allen

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the use of rhyme in Muldoon's poetry. It argues that discursive and the ‘alogical’ aspects of semantic procedures appears to be represented by the distinction in the speaker's ... More


Paul Muldoon's Transits: Muddling Through after Madoc

John Kerrigan

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the poetry of Paul Muldoon. It first considers some larger issues relevant to contemporary poetry, which are linked to Muldoon's insistence that he is not ‘in exile’. It then ... More


Muldoon's Remains

Matthew Campbell

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores Paul Muldoon's elegies. It argues that throughout his elegies Muldoon has known that the form has long been the literary genre most attuned to ‘framing’ incoherence, ... More


Mistaking on Purpose

Erica McAlpine

in The Poet's Mistake

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691203492
eISBN:
9780691203768
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691203492.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This concluding chapter measures this book's argument about mistake against poems that openly describe the process and feeling of mistaking. Can poets use their own mistakes productively and still be ... More


‘All Art is a Collaboration’: Paul Muldoon as Librettist

David Wheatley

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines Paul Muldoon's ventures into libretto-writing. It analyzes Shining Brow, which premiered at the Madison Opera in April 1993; Vera of Las Vegas, set and first performed in Las ... More


Translating the Language of Literature

Matthew Reynolds

in The Poetry of Translation: From Chaucer & Petrarch to Homer & Logue

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199605712
eISBN:
9780191731617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605712.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

I explore the idea of ‘functional equivalence’ further with help from John Lyons, Theo Hermans, and Susanne Langer. I show that poetic translation does in fact rely on this notion to some extent. But ... More


Muldoon and Pragmatism

John Redmond

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the way in which Paul Muldoon, following Robert Frost, complicates the reading experience in a particular way. This complicating process, and the desire on behalf of both poets ... More


‘The Eye That Scanned it’: The Art of Looking in Northern Irish Poetry

in Sympathetic Ink: Intertextual Relations in Northern Irish Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310324
eISBN:
9781846314148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310324.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter offers a comparative study of ‘the gaze’ of both Paul Muldoon and Medbh McGuckian. It discusses not only the poets' reactions to other people's art but also how the different structures ... More


Introduction

Peter McDonald

in Paul Muldoon: Critical Essays

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238683
eISBN:
9781846313745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Discontinued
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853238683.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This introductory chapter discusses the poetry of Paul Muldoon. It argues that the increasing complexity of Muldoon's poetic forms has begun to make the poetry itself often a matter of collapsing ... More


Criticism

Derek Attridge

in The Work of Literature

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198733195
eISBN:
9780191797750
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733195.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Literary criticism in our time has developed a number of powerful techniques. Two critics who deploy them in an exemplary way are Christopher Ricks and Paul Muldoon. An example of Ricks’s criticism ... More


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