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New & Collected Poems 1952-1992 Clope Ed Hardcover – 24 Feb 1994

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (24 Feb. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395680875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395680872
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.8 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,941,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first volume of poems since 1985 by the noted British poet includes two powerful sequences--"Scenes with Harlequins" and "Churchill's Funeral," as well as "Cycle," an elegy for William Arrowsmith.

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A near-perfect body of work from one of Britain's best poets; the entire first forty years are represented here. As a textual note: it is worth mentioning that the poems gathered here are, as with many of the later gatherings of Hill's work, those bearing his various minor changes (especially to poems in For the Unfallen).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An excellent collection that will take some digestion 3 July 2001
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Here, collected in one volume, are Geoffrey Hill's first five books of poetry (For the Unfallen, King Log, Mercian Hymns, Tenebrae, and the Mystery of the Charity of Charles Peguy), plus a few early versions of poems that later appeared in Canaan. For those who are not yet familiar with Hill's works, this would be the obvious place to start, since his last two works (Speech! Speech!, and The Triumph of Love) are both difficult book length poems, and "Canaan" is not necessarily any easier.
Not that these poems are easy, not even the ones Hill wrote when he was 19 (like "Genesis", the opening poem of the collection). What they are is challenging, beautiful, thoughtful, at times meditative, at times lyrical, often skeptical, almost always wonderful.
These are poems written for those who love poetry and don't mind if it's hard, who can reread a poem ten times in order to appreciate it, who have the patience to learn to read a real poet. Although this book is only 200+ pages, there is a lifetime (almost!) of reflection contained within it, from the early poems reflecting on art, responsibility, history and war in "For the Unfallen", to the funeral music of "King Log", the beautiful prose poems of "Mercian Hymns", and the deeply religious "Tenebrae".
Give it some time. Don't judge it too quickly. Hill will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest poets of the 20th and early 21st centuries, as one who recognized the heavy responsibility of a poet in our times.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A nobbled vernacular? 20 Aug. 2000
By Dominic Fox - Published on
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Or a nobbly vernacular? Perhaps a knackered vernacular. Hill's poetry speaks a language not far removed from the ordinary, right up against it even: "not strangeness, but strange likeness". Uncommonly strange. "Simple, sensuous and direct": a likely story. For "direct" read "dialect", in a poor comedian's travesty of a Chinese accent. But this is poetry that goes to the roots, by one route or another, like an underground map of the English language. There is - believe me - nothing abstract or effete about it (laughter). What you have to know to read it is how to go on reading even when you don't know what you have to know. Now go and read it.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
challenging reading; not for the timid 14 Jan. 1998
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Geoffrey Hill is among the best three or four British poets of his generation. His poems are challenging: they require a strong knowledge of history, religion, and literary allusions, as well as the decipherment of thorny syntax and obscure symbolism. But to interpret these traits as weaknesses would be mistaken. One can continue to read verse in the colloquial, Blake/Wordsworth/Frost/Williams tradition ... or one can tackle poetry which requires real effort to understand it. Hill offers the latter.
Five Stars 14 Oct. 2014
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Useful as an introduction to this distinguished and. demanding poet--samples earlier and more recent work
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