Paul Muldoon will receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, which was instituted by King George V in 1933 and is awarded to a published poet from the U.K. or a Commonwealth realm "for excellence in poetry, on the basis either of a body of work over several years, or for an outstanding poetry collection issued during the year of the award." He will be presented with the medal by the queen in 2018.
Queen Elizabeth II approved the Poetry Medal Committee's recommendation of Muldoon on the basis of the body of his work. Summing up the committee's choice, poet laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy said that Muldoon "is widely acclaimed as the most original and influential poet of the past 50 years and is rightly celebrated alongside Seamus Heaney. His poetry displays a restless playful brilliance, forever searching for new ways to channel his ideas and new language to dress them in. He is ambitious, erudite, witty and musical. He can experiment with form and stand tradition on its head, craft a tender elegy or intimate love poem with equal skill. His work is of major significance internationally--poetry of clarity, invention, purpose and importance which has raised the bar of what's possible in poetry to new heights."