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The Lords of Limit: Essays on Literature and Ideas [Paperback]

Geoffrey Hill

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  • Paperback: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc (Jan 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195035178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195035179
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,499,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nine essays on such topics as Robert Southwell, Ben Jonson, Jonathan Swift, and T.H. Green probe the meaning, form, and language of poetry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars First book of criticism by one of the great living poets 22 Mar 2003
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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.
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