About Paul MuldoonPaul Muldoon is a contemporary Irish poet. His poetry is known for his difficult, sly, allusive style, casual use of obscure or archaic words, understated wit, punning, and deft technique in meter and slant rhyme. As Peter Davidson says in the New York Times review of books "Muldoon takes some honest-to-God reading. He's a riddler, enigmatic, distrustful of appearances, generous in allusion, doubtless a dab hand at crossword puzzles". The Guardian cites him as "among the few significant poets of our half-century"; "the most significant English-language poet born since the second world war" – a talent off the map. Muldoon's work is often compared with Heaney, a fellow Northern Irish poet, friend and mentor to Muldoon. Muldoon is more of 'the poet's poet', whose work is frequently too involved and opaque for a more casual readership. He has published over thirty collections and won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry.
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