This first selection of Geoffrey Hill's poetry charts the evolution of a complex, uncompromising, visionary body of work over fifty years.
It includes poems from Hill's astonishing debut, For the Unfallen, through the verset-sequence Mercian Hymns, to acclaimed recent work, including The Orchards of Syon and Without Title.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/06/2006
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780141025001
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Review by yarb
Muscular, grappling poetry with more Anglo-Saxonisms per square word than Beowulf - but Hill seems hobbled by academia; compelled to tint his every subject with God and Kierkegaard. I want him to cut loose with his poetic muckspreader and bespatter the various traditions; instead he's bent on creating an orthodoxy of his own.