Muldoon’s Northern Ireland

Was clearing up some files just now, and came across this old undergraduate essay. Plenty of stutters in it, but it’s either here or the recycle bin… Despite having lived in Belfast throughout the height of the troubles, Paul Muldoon has always refrained from outlining his position in relation to the complex political situation in […]

Muldoon’s briefcase

“The Briefcase” was first published in 1990 as part of Paul Muldoon’s Madoc: A Mystery. Composed of rhythmic symmetry, “The Briefcase” is a sonnet with inverted rhyme, repeating outward from the central four lines. These four lines, which respectively close on “cloudburst”, “torrent”, “first” and “daren’t”, correlate to f-g f-g in the rhyme scheme. Looking […]