Paul Muldoon is one of Ireland’s leading contemporary poets. He was born in Portadown, County Armagh and raised near The Moy, in Northern Ireland. Muldoon’s work is full of paradox: playful but serious, elusive but direct, innovative but traditional. He uses traditional verse forms such as the sonnet, ballad, and dramatic monologue, but alters their length and basic structure, and uses rhyme and meter in new ways. His work is also notable for its layered use of conceit, allusion, and wit. The cryptic wordplay present in many poems has often been called Joycean, but Muldoon himself has cited lyric poets such as Frost, Thomas, and MacNeice as his major influences.
A new performance of the classic poem, The Lament for Art O’Leary translated by Paul Muldoon and set to original music composed by Jim Lockhart and performed by Horslips’ Barry Devlin, John Fean, Jim Lockhart and Paul McAteer. Starring the wonderful Lisa Dwan as Eileen O’Leary, Ruth Smith as Art’s sister, and Paul Muldoon as Art’s father. The Lament for Art O’Leary is a […]