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Paul Muldoon
Paul MuldoonPaul Muldoon (born June 20, 1951) is a poet from County Armagh, Northern Ireland. 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 and is an Honorary Professor in the School of English at the University of St Andrews. He held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University for the five-year term 1999–2004, and he is an Honorary Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford. Until recently, Muldoon was often thought of as the second-most-eminent living poet in Northern Ireland, living in the shadow of his friend Seamus Heaney; but his reputation has grown since he won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His other honours 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. In September 2007, he was hired as poetry editor of The New Yorker. He has two children - Dorothy and Asher - and lives in Griggstown, New Jersey.

meeting the british
We met the British in the dead of winter.
The sky was lavender

and the snow lavender... [read poem]
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