Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Unlike many other contemporary Irish poets, Paul Muldoon is, generally speaking, content to let his verse speak for him. Hence his production of articles and reviews is small and not very helpful in coming to terms with his poetry. His most notable contribution to Irish literary culture has been his idiosyncratic, and in some quarters controversial, editing of The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Verse (1986). Muldoon has also published translations of a small number of poems by the important contemporary Irish-language poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. The distinctive character of Muldoon’s own verse invites the conclusion that translating is much closer to his imaginative inclinations than editing. He has also edited The Scrake of Dawn: Poems by Young People from Northern Ireland (1979), The Essential Byron (1989), and Contemporary Irish Poetry (2006). His lectures of poetry have been collected in To Ireland, I (2000) and The End of the Poem: Oxford Lectures (2009).