Biography of Paul Muldoon (1951 – )
Paul Muldoon (b. 1951) is a Northern Irish poet. Muldoon’s poetry is known for difficulty, allusion, casual use of extremely obscure or archaic words, understated wit, punning, and deft technique in meter and slant-rhyme. Muldoon has lived in the United States since 1987; he teaches at Princeton University. He held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University for the five-year term 1999-2004.
Until recently Muldoon was often thought of as the second-most-eminent living Northern Irish poet, living in the shadow of his friend Seamus Heaney. Since he won the Pulitzer Prize his reputation has grown: his work clearly stands on its own merits.
In 2003 Muldoon was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His other honors include fellowships in the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, and the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry.
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