Analysis of poems that Muldoon sets in restaurants, from the early 'Paris' and 'Holy Thursday', through several poems in 'Meeting the British', to 'The Bangle (Slight Return)' in 'The Annals of Chile'. In each case, I emphasize that Muldoon is a poet of troubled male / female relationships, and that his focus is on the tension between his allegiance to the serendipitous and irresponsible processes of poetry, and the moral demands imposed by relationships.
|Title of host publication||Paul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama. A Collection of Critical Essays|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
Hancock, T. (2006). ‘Dining out with Paul Muldoon: personal and poetic relations in the restaurant poems’. In E. Kennedy-Andrews (Ed.), Paul Muldoon: Poetry, Prose, Drama. A Collection of Critical Essays (pp. 85-100)