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Selected Poems
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on 12 January 2013
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.

Read it.
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on 27 December 2013
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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on 11 August 2016
Excellent- not the best known poet but well worth reading.
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on 8 February 2013
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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on 2 November 2009
Selected Poems

I find that Mr. Hill has progressed from a highly formal, carefully structured verse form to a looser, more boldly imaginative vernacular which is highly reminiscent, to my mind, of the transition made in Robert Lowell's writing career with equivalent results. Both are major poets who have shaped the way verse can be written and daringly re-imagined themselves in mid-career.
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on 8 October 2014
Quick delivery, good quality book
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on 19 May 2015
the greatest living poet
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on 23 May 2015
vgood
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on 5 September 2016
good
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on 11 November 2015
I know the book is great, though it has not arrived yet.
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