Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill by Jeffrey Wainwright

By Jeffrey Wainwright

Geoffrey Hill has stated that a few nice poetry 'recognises that phrases fail us'. those essays discover Hill's fight over fifty years with the recalcitrance of language. This e-book seeks to teach how all his paintings is marked through the search for the precise pitch of utterance if it is sorrowing, offended, satiric or erotic. It indicates how Hill's phrases are by no means evenly 'acceptable' yet a moral act, how he seeks out phrases he can stand by means of - phrases which are 'getting it right'.

This e-book is the main entire and updated serious paintings on Geoffrey Hill to this point, protecting all his paintings as much as ‘Scenes from Comus’ (2005), in addition to a few poems but to seem in booklet shape. It goals to give a contribution whatever to the knowledge of his poetry between those that have it for a few years and scholars and different readers encountering this significant poet for the 1st time.

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The poet of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats may again be at pranks. The first fourteen-and-a-half verses are philosophical in subject and suppositional in nature; the second twenty-nine-and-a-half are imaginative in nature, their subject a return to the garden. The first part smacks of the opening of Ash-Wednesday (and of a few lines of “The Hollow Men”), whereas the second, recalling The Waste Land, turns out to be one of but a small handful of concretely realized scenes in the whole of Four Quartets.

S. Eliot and the Fulfillment of Christian Poetics The unidentifiable and disembodied voices speaking in “Burnt Norton” struggle with words, meanings, and ideas, sometimes hitting the mark, at others missing it. I cannot recall one instance of their getting it all right or all wrong. This is not simply an interpretive or critical judgment, rendered by the reader (or, rather, a reader). It is, rather, the poet’s complex and demanding (and difficult) strategy. In keeping with Incarnational (Christian) understanding, the verses, throughout and all along, are intersected with insight.

The first metaphor is trite, the second, involving “the distempered,” is precise, as long as we do not recall that “distemper” is associated with canines. That “fever chart” is, in any case, flaccid. ” But “Our only health is the disease” is structurally different and doctrinally reductive: the disease is not “Our only health,” although it may be, like time, the means in and through which disease is conquered. And so the subsequent claim that “to be restored, our sickness must grow worse”? 4 But what the wastelanders need, contrary to their desire (of rain), is purifying fire.

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