Paul Muldoon | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Adam Kirsch

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Paul Muldoon.
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Critical Review by Adam Kirsch

SOURCE: Kirsch, Adam. “The Virtuoso.” New Republic (30 November 1998): 56-60.

In the following review of Hay, Kirsch contends that Muldoon's inventive verse is too often a facile display of technical and stylistic virtuosity, whereby complexity and difficulty serve to “impress,” rather than “convince,” the reader.

“Virtuoso” is a loaded compliment, an honorific that conceals a reproach. It implies performance, as distinct from creation: a performer stands before his audience and impresses them, while a creator must enter into his audience and engage them. In music, the two roles are usually separate, and so there is a natural place for the virtuoso, with his showmanship and his displays of technical control. In poetry, however, it is much less clear that one should aspire to the “...

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