Geoffrey Hill: Essays on His Later Work

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John Lyon, Peter McDonald
OUP Oxford, Jun 14, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 220 pages
A collection of new essays on the remarkable work produced by the poet Geoffrey Hill since the mid-1990s. Hill is widely recognised as the finest living English poet and the quality of his recent publications has been matched by the pace at which he produces quantities of profound and startlingly original verse. This book brings together work on Hill by figures as diverse as Rowan Williams and Christopher Ricks, along with penetrating treatments of these late writings by younger scholars, in order to provide a series of fresh perspectives on some of the finest and most challenging poetry now being written. It explores topics including physicality, death, confession, and recusancy, and also contains a large-scale bibliography of Hill's writings, which will be invaluable to all those seeking to read more widely in the work of this fascinating and exceptional figure.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Hills Unrelenting Unreconciling Mind
6
2 Recusant Hill
32
Geoffrey Hills Quartet
55
Geoffrey Hill and Physicality
70
5 The Impossibility of Death
89
6 Geoffrey Hills Eye Troubles
112
7 Geoffrey Hill and Confession
127
Work Truth and Metre in Later Hill
143
A Bibliography of the Works of Geoffrey Hill
170
Index of Periodicals
205
Index of Poems
207
Index
217
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John Lyon is Reader in English Literature at the University of Bristol, and has published widely on Shakespeare and the early modern period, as well as on nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction and poetry. He has edited works by Kipling, Henry James, and Conrad for Penguin and OUP World's Classics, and is currently editing a volume of the Edinburgh edition of R.L. Stevenson.

Peter McDonald is a poet and critic, whose Collected Poems appear from Carcanet Press in 2012. He has published four volumes of criticism, and is currently editing for Longman the Complete Poems of W.B. Yeats. Since 1999, he has been Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry in the English Language at Christ church, Oxford.

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