Paul Muldoon | Critical Essay by Seamus Heaney

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Paul Muldoon.
This section contains 727 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Seamus Heaney

[The essay from which this excerpt is taken was originally broadcast over Radio Telefis Eireann in 1978.]

Paul Muldoon's first book was aptly titled New Weather: it introduced us to a distinctive sensibility, a supple inward music, a poetry that insisted on its proper life as words before it conceded the claims of that other life we all live before and after words. Mules continues and develops this hermetic direction and is a strange, rich second collection, reminding one sometimes of the sophisticated repose of poésie pure, and sometimes bringing one down to earth in the simple piety of the local ballad. It is as if the poems spring from some mixed imaginative marriage, as if their genesis is mule-like, and indeed one excellent entry-point into the book is a poem called 'The Mixed Marriage'…. [In this poem one hears the poet's...

(read more)

This section contains 727 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Seamus Heaney
Copyrights
Literature Criticism Series
Critical Essay by Seamus Heaney from Literature Criticism Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook