Geoffrey Hill was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England on June 18 1932. He received a first in English literature at Oxford University. He wrote numerous collections of poetry including Genesis, King Log, The Triumph of Love, Mercian Hymns, A Treatise of Civil Power, Odi Barbare, and Broken Hierarchies. He received several awards including the Faber Memorial prize and the Whitbread for his poetry. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2012. He was also an essayist. His collections of essays included The Lords of Limit, The Enemy's Country, Style and Faith, and Collected Critical Writings, which won the Truman Capote award for literary criticism in 2008. He died suddenly on June 30, 2016 at the age of 84.