By Wendy Cope
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1 (Winter, 1986–87) 15; ‘The Invention of the I: A Conversation with Paul Muldoon’, interview by Earl G. 1 (1998) 67; interview by Jean W. Ross, Contemporary Authors Database 9 September 1988: from the internet. 16 Muldoon, ‘Getting Round’ 127. 17 Paul Muldoon in John Brown, In the Chair: Interviews with Poets from the North of Ireland (Clare: Salmon, 2002) 188. 18 Rachel Buxton, ‘“Structure and Serendipity”: The Influence of Robert Frost on Paul Muldoon’, Critical Ireland: New Essays in Literature and Culture (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001) 20.
1 (1998) 67; interview by Jean W. Ross, Contemporary Authors Database 9 September 1988: from the internet. 16 Muldoon, ‘Getting Round’ 127. 17 Paul Muldoon in John Brown, In the Chair: Interviews with Poets from the North of Ireland (Clare: Salmon, 2002) 188. 18 Rachel Buxton, ‘“Structure and Serendipity”: The Influence of Robert Frost on Paul Muldoon’, Critical Ireland: New Essays in Literature and Culture (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001) 20. 19 When in an uncollected poem entitled ‘Caprice des Dieux’, Times Literary Supplement 11 May 1984, Muldoon described Irish poets in terms of a selection of cheeses, he admitted that ‘For myself?
In English Bards and Scotch Reviewers’. However, although it is somewhat true that Byron ‘launches a fierce / attack on the “ballad-monger” Southey and Tom Moore’ in the 1809 text, Muldoon’s interpretation, by juxtaposing the two different poets within the same contextual framework, elides the distinct sources of satire, runs contrary to scholarly opinion and misleads the reader as to the provenance of ‘The Satanic School’. 95 Muldoon hints at possible rancour due to Byron’s remark about the Fricker sisters being ‘milliners of Bath’96 (MM 42), and Byron’s own animosity toward Southey is highlighed by including stanzas 226 and 227 of Vision of Judgement97 which rail against the latter’s acceptance of the Poet Laureateship (1813).