This is a brilliant book. I thought that I understood the intricacies of poetry, not any more. Whether you agree with his detective work or not, you can't disagree with his intellect. Mindbendingly good.
The essays illuminate both aspects of the poems under discussion and Paul Muldoon's own thought processes, particularly his alert ear for word associations and inference. Well worth reading for anyone who likes Muldoon or any of the poets included in his discussions.