Collected Critical Writings by Geoffrey HillCollected Critical Writings by Geoffrey Hill

Collected Critical Writings

byGeoffrey HillEditorKenneth Haynes

Paperback | October 10, 2009

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The Collected Critical Writings of Geoffrey Hill gathers more than forty years of Hill's published criticism, in a revised final form, and also adds much new work. It will serve as the canonical volume of criticism by Hill, the pre-eminent poet-critic whom A. N. Wilson has called 'probably thebest writer alive, in verse or in prose'. In his criticism Hill ranges widely, investigating both poets (including Jonson, Dryden, Hopkins, Whitman, Eliot, and Yeats) and prose writers (such as Tyndale, Clarendon, Hobbes, Burton, Emerson, and F. H. Bradley). He is also steeped in the historicalcontext - political, poetic, and religious - of the writers he studies. Most importantly, he brings texts and contexts into new and telling relations, neither reducing texts to the circumstances of their utterance nor imagining that they can float free of them. A number of the essays have alreadyestablished themselves as essential reading on particular subjects, such as his analysis of Vaughan's 'The Night', his discussion of Gurney's poetry, and his critical account of The Oxford English Dictionary. Others confront the problems of language and the nature of value directly, as in 'Our Wordis Our Bond', 'Language, Suffering, and Value', and 'Poetry and Value'. In all his criticism, Hill reveals literature to be an essential arena of civic intelligence.
Geoffrey Hill is University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Literature and Religion at Boston University. Kenneth Haynes is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University.
Title:Collected Critical WritingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:832 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:October 10, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199234485

ISBN - 13:9780199234486


Table of Contents

Lords of Limit1. Poetry as 'Menace' and 'Atonement'2. The Absolute Reasonableness of Robert Southwell3. 'The World's Proportion': Jonson's Dramatic Poetry in iSejanus/i and iCatiline/i4. 'The True Conduct of Human Judgment': Some Observations on iCymbeline/i5. Jonathan Swift: The Poetry of 'Reaction'6. Redeeming the Time7. 'Perplexed Persistence': The Exemplary Failure of T. H. Green8. What Devil Has Got Into John Ransom?9. Our Word Is Our BondThe Enemy's Country10. Unhappy Circumstances11. The Tartar's Bow and the Bow of Ulysses12. Caveats Enough in their Own Walks13. Dryden's Prize-Song14. 'Envoi (1919)'Style and Faith15. Common Weal, Common Woe16. Of Diligence and Jeopardy17. Keeping to the Middle Way18. A Pharisee to Pharisees19. The Eloquence of Sober Truth20. The Weight of the Word21. Dividing LegaciesInventions of Value22. Translating Value: Marginal Observations on a Central Question23. Language, Suffering, and Silence24. Tacit Pledges25. Gurney's 'Hobby'26. Isaac Rosenberg, 1890-191827. Rhetorics of Value and Intrinsic Value28. Poetry and ValueAlienated Majesty29. Alienated Majesty: Ralph W. Emerson30. Alienated Majesty: Walt Whitman31. Alienated Majesty: Gerard M. Hopkins32. Word Value in F. H. Bradley and T. S. Eliot33. Eros in F. H. Bradley and T. S. Eliot34. A Postscript on Modernist PoeticsEditorial NoteNotes

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"Geoffrey Hill is the central poet-prophet of our augmenting darkness, and inherits the authority of visionaries from Dante and Blake on to D. H. Lawrence." --Harold Bloom