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Selected Poems [Paperback]

Geoffrey Hill
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1 Jun 2006

The first Selected from 'England's most important living poet' The Times

'Hill so entirely eclipses most of his contemporaries that it seems meaningless to rank in relation to them. Trumpets should be blown, garlands made ... loquacious, playful, wildly comic ... poignant. His greatness is as certain as that of the poets he invokes' Daily Telegraph

'Whatever the densities of Hill's expression, or the powerful impacted forces in his syntax and rhythms, this poetry achieves a strength, memorability and precision beyond the abilities of any other poet writing in English' Peter McDonald, TLS


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014102500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141025001
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, in 1932, Geoffrey Hill is the author of three books of criticism and eleven books of poetry, including The Triumph of Love, co-winner of the Heinemann Award. His Collected Poems, Canaan, The Triumph of Love, Speech! Speech!, The Orchards of Syon, Scenes from Comus and Without Title are all published by Penguin. Hill currently lives and teaches in Massachusetts, where he is Professor of Literature and Religion at Boston University. He is also Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford; Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; and since 1996 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A mighty poet 12 Jan 2013
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This generous and representative selection contains the full range of Hill's extraordinary work, which ranges from historical poems, to erotic allegories, and explores every stylistic variant: from traditional rhyming stanzas to free verse that bundles up mutiple viewpoints and quickly shifting subject matter.

The newer verse is more difficult to grasp than the earlier work, but once you get into it, it's a more authentic voice than the beautifully polished material he created in the 50s and 60s.

'Mercian Hymns', which mixes up his West Midland childhood, is both brialliant and funny.

Hill certainly adheres to a concept of high culture - he isn't for those who don't also care about history and religion and culture - but actually he does embody what is normally unspoken in our society: a deep disgust at politics, anger at our political leaders (and their 'service counsel') and reflections on our Empire and the two world wars which destroyed it, from the perspective of soneone who can remember Coventry burning.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A STRUCTURED PROSE POET 27 Dec 2013
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Selected Poems (being subjective) inevitably are no substitute for the Collected anthologies but happily this selection covers over fifty years of Hill's output and includes his structured prose masterpieces 'The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Peguy'' (1983) and the more recent 'Orchards of Syon' and his earlier with 'Funeral Music:An Essay' (an 8 part sequence) and of course his notable 1971 'Mercian Hymns' .Hill of course can be difficult to read ,without a doubt, although many of his poems are best read aloud(as is applicable to poetry in general) to gain a fuller understanding. Nothwithstanding the collection contains many jewels of imagist lines ( an oasis in the desert so to speak)and a reward for the effort by the reader .Few other poets cover his range of topics in their posie and this book illustrates why he is so highly rated as an English language poet
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can recommend it to any lover of real poetry 8 Feb 2013
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A wonderful and thought provoking collection of poems. A book to read, re-read and browse for life.
I can recommend it if you like serious poetry.
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