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    Last year I was a judge for a prize in England, the T.S. Eliot Prize, so I read everything that was published in England last year.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: read  england  year 
     
    For whatever reason, people, including very well-educated people or people otherwise interested in reading, do not read poetry
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: people  reading  poetry  read 
     
    Living at that pitch, on that edge, is something which many poets engage in to some extent.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: living  poet 
     
    One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: poem 
     
    I do a lot of readings.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: reading 
     
    There's very little of the intentional about the business of writing poetry, as least as far as I can see.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: writing  poetry  business 
     
    Obviously one of the things that poets from Northern Ireland and beyond - had to try to make sense of was what was happening on a day-to-day political level.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: political  poet 
     
    Of course, you can't legislate for how people are going to read.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: people  read 
     
    I believe that these devices like repetition and rhyme are not artificial, that they're not imposed, somehow, on the language.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: language  believe  rhyme 
     
    I was born in Northern Ireland in 1951. I lived most of my life there until 1986 or 1987
    — Paul Muldoon
    The ground swell is what's going to sink you as well as being what buoys you up. These are clichés also, of course, and I'm sometimes interested in how much one can get away with.
    — Paul Muldoon
    I suppose for whatever reason I actively welcome being put down, something which perhaps goes back to my upbringing - that accusation of not being worthy which could be laid at one's door.
    — Paul Muldoon
    We simply have not kept in touch with poetry
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: poetry 
     
    On the other hand, at some level the mass of unresolved issues in Northern Ireland does influence the fact that there are so many good writers in the place.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: influence  facts 
     
    I live in New Jersey now, which always gets a bad rap here and there, but I must say, I enjoy living here too
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: living  live  bad 
     
    It seems to me the structure of the Quartets is too imposed.
    — Paul Muldoon
    I'm sure 50 percent of television ads use rhyme
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: rhyme 
     
    Your average pop song or film is a very sophisticated item, with very sophisticated ways of listening and viewing that we have not really consciously developed over the years - because we were having such a good time
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: time  listening  song  film  year 
     
    What I try to do is to go into a poem - and one writes them, of course, poem by poem - to go into each poem, first of all without having any sense whatsoever of where it's going to end up
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: write  poem 
     
    That's one of the great things about poetry; one realises that one does one's little turn - that you're just part of the great crop, as it were.
    — Paul Muldoon
    If the poem has no obvious destination, there's a chance that we'll be all setting off on an interesting ride.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: chance  poem 
     
    I certainly am interested in accessibility, clarity, and immediacy.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: clarity 
     
    Confusion is what we're living with - not being able to make sense of what's happening to us from day to day. Whereas making sense is what we're aiming for - making sense.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: living  confusion 
     
    The point of poetry is to be acutely discomforting, to prod and provoke, to poke us in the eye, to punch us in the nose, to knock us off our feet, to take our breath away.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: eyes  poetry 
     
    Form is a straitjacket in the way that a straitjacket was a straitjacket for Houdini.
    — Paul Muldoon
    It's not as if I'm trying to write crossword puzzles to which one might find an answer at the back of the book or anything like that.
    — Paul Muldoon
    tags: book  write 
     
    Words want to find chimes with each other, things want to connect.
    — Paul Muldoon
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