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on 22 September 2010
The poetry of Geoffrey Hill is not accessible to those who are not willing to commit to the concentrated reading it requires. Once over the initial hurdle, however,it becomes an unshiftable part of your consciousness. Rich, dense, allusive - all of these things, yes; but the wisdom and learning is used not for its own sake but to grasp the essence of the unnameable, the senses in ourselves most close and essential to our being. A journey such as this is arduous but rewarding, in ways that are more easily felt than expressed. These ways are fundamental, lasting, life-enriching.

Orchards of Syon is about Grace. You may not know what that is, or be dubious of its relevance to you. I believe effort with this text shows you what it is through feeling, as opposed to learning. Indeed the ultimate value of this poetry for me is its down to earth, everyday relevance.
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