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Poems 1968-1998 Paperback – April 3, 2002
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I nevertheless like Pual Muldoon's poetry. I recommend it and it's fun to read, but his book of poems from 1968-1998 could hardly be considered a string of pearls.
What you will and won't get.
His is like snapshot poetry. Don't expect extended metaphor, conceits, or any overall development in the way of imagery or narrative. His is a quick wit and quick eye. Reading his poem is like setting fire to a box of matches. There's no smoldering pathos hear. His fire leaps from matchtip to matchtip, word to word, until the whole of it goes up in an exciting little burst of flames.
His poetry has been compared to Donne, but similarities are thin. For example, Donne was singularly known for the difficulty of his metrical writing. Expect no metrical daring from Muldoon. He doesn't write by numbers. Muldoon's difficulty can be summed up, I think, by this tidy comparison. Reading Muldoon is like listening to someone else's phone conversation. You will only ever hear half the conversation.
The earlier books in this collected poems are the most accessible and, in certain ways, the more enjoyable. You'll find those matchtip lines like: "Once you swallowed a radar-blip/of peyote/you were out of your tree..." This makes for fun reading.Read more ›
All of that being said, it is impossible not to get lost in Muldoon's beautiful language and rhythm. Reading even one verse of a Muldoon poem can keep me going for a whole day. Don't read him if you're afraid of doing a little thinking, but keep in mind that not all of his allusions are meant to be understood. Just enjoy.
Of course we've had great music lyric writers up until the 1960, and a few good song lyrics since then,but no timeless poetry -- and therefore I'm holding onto my Coleridge, Longfellow, Tennyson, Kipling and Robert Service collections. Nothing since has topped them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you happen to find this book torn in half in a used book shop, then buy only the first half. There you will find brilliant Muldoon. Read morePublished on August 18, 2003 by Master of
I first encountered Paul Muldoon when he came to my university to give a reading and a seminar talk. Read morePublished on April 17, 2002 by Incantessimo