Paul Muldoon

(b. 1951)

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(1951– ),

poet, born in Moy, Co. Armagh, educated at The Queen's University, Belfast. He worked for the BBC in Northern Ireland, resigning in 1985. New Weather (1973), his first volume of poems, marked him out as a distinctive and important new voice. This was followed by the enigmatically titled Why Brownlee Left (1980) and by Quoof (1983), which firmly established his reputation. The first work published after he moved to America was Madoc: A Mystery (1990), a dazzling, though ultimately baffling, mélange of allusions, correspondences, and fragmented storylines. His most substantial and important work to date, The Annals of Chile (1994), contains a number of poems, including ‘Yarrow’ and ‘Incantata’, an elegy for the artist Mary Farl Powers, that extend Muldoon's position as one of the most original poetic talents of his generation. Later collections include Hay (1998), Poems 1968–1998 (2001), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), and Horse Latitudes (2006).

Subjects: Literature.

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