Introduction

‘So, what can I tell you?’¹ Paul Muldoon’s question, in ‘Getting Round’, his Bateson lecture of 1998, is open to more than one tonal interpretation. Even so, there is somewhere in the many possible tones of this one particular address a serious question – serious, whether or not Muldoon is asking it...

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Published in: Paul Muldoon Vol. 41; p. 1
Main Author: PETER McDONALD
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: Liverpool University Press 04-01-2004
Edition: 1
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Summary: ‘So, what can I tell you?’¹ Paul Muldoon’s question, in ‘Getting Round’, his Bateson lecture of 1998, is open to more than one tonal interpretation. Even so, there is somewhere in the many possible tones of this one particular address a serious question – serious, whether or not Muldoon is asking it in earnest. What can a poem ‘tell’ us, and how, for that matter, can we best tell what we have been told? Is what a poem ‘tells’ us finally – and unparaphrasably – only itself? And in that case, how far can a maker of poems tell us anything new, over
ISBN: 0853238685
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