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Acceptable words : Essays on the poetry of Geoffrey Hill

Author: Jeffrey Wainwright; Manchester University Press,
Publisher: Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2013. ©2006.
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Geoffrey Hill has said that some great poetry 'recognises that words fail us'. These essays explore Hill's struggle over fifty years with the recalcitrance of language. This book seeks to show how all his work is marked by the quest for the right pitch of utterance whether it is sorrowing, angry, satiric or erotic. It shows how Hill's words are never lightly 'acceptable' but an ethical act, how he seeks out words he  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Print version
Wainwright, Jeffrey.
Acceptable words : essays on the poetry of Geoffrey Hill
Manchester, UK. : Manchester University Press, 2005
Named Person: Geoffrey Hill; Geoffrey Hill; Geoffrey Hill
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Wainwright; Manchester University Press,
ISBN: 9781847793966 1847793967
OCLC Number: 1149149763
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Made available via: manchesterhive.
MUP 2020 titles.
Description: 1 online resource (x, 155 pages) : file(s).
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Short Titles --
1. 'Acceptable Words' --
2. 'The speechless dead': 'King Log' (1968) --
3. Poet, lover, liar: 'Lachrimae' (1975) --
4. 'Our love is what we love to have': 'Tenebrae' (1978) --
5. Things and words: 'The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy' (1983) --
6. History as poetry: 'Churchill's Funeral' and 'De Jure Belli ac Pacis' (Canaan, 1996) --
7. 'The Triumph of Love' (1998) --
8. 'Beauty is difficult': 'Speech! Speech!' (2000) --
9. 'Here and there I pull a flower': 'The Orchards of Syon' (2002) --
10. 'In wintry solstice like the shorten'd light': 'Scenes from Comus' (2005) --
11. Afterword: '"I have not finished"' --
Notes and references --
Responsibility: Jeffrey Wainwright.


'Acceptable words' comprises a series of highly individual essays covering the whole of Geoffrey Hill's poetry to date, including the remarkable late flowering of the years since 1996. The essays  Read more...


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