Hill's first collection of critical writings is an important contribution to the field of 16th and 17th century literary studies, as well as being indispensible for students of Hill's own poetic works. Despite his current obscurity, which is wholly undeserved, Hill is perhaps the greatest living poet writing in the English language and has been so recognized by a wide range of critics. In 20th century letters, he is on par with Pound and Eliot, and stands above Auden and many others. Time will recognize this in due course -- too often the great artists of an age only come to be appreciated in the next.
Hill's second volume of criticism is "The Enemy's Country", still available, and a third volume will be forthcoming.