Selected Poems

Geoffrey Hill

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April 6, 2010
288 pages, 6 x 9 1/2
ISBN: 9780300164305
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Geoffrey Hill’s poetry comprises one of the most uncompromising and visionary bodies of work written over the last fifty years. Imbued with the weight of history, morality, and language, his work reveals a deeply religious sensibility, a towering intellect, and an emotional complexity that are unrivaled in contemporary letters. Now, for the first time ever, readers can observe in one volume how Hill’s style took shape over time. This generous selection spans his career, beginning with poems from Hill’s astonishing debut, For the Unfallen, and following through to his stylistically distinct and critically acclaimed work Without Title. Including some of the poet’s strongest, most sensitive, and most brilliant pieces, this collection will reaffirm Hill’s reputation as “England’s best hope for the Nobel Prize.”

Geoffrey Hill is the author of eleven books of poetry. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Hawthornden Prize, the Heinemann Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize. He resides in Cambridge, England.

“The finest British poet of our time.”—John Hollander

“The most important and original body of poetry since Yeats.”—Literary Imagination

“England's best hope for the Nobel Prize.”—Spectator

“There is no one alive writing in our language about deeper or more important matters, no one saying such interesting things. . . . The work of Hill is a phoenix rising from European ashes.”—A. N. Wilson, Spectator

“Hill’s lines are the contours of an ancestral landscape. They sculpt the culture in which his work is so deeply embedded. This is what makes him England’s most important living poet.”—Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times

"Hill’s new selected allows us to measure his epoch-making achievement, which compares well with Eliot’s."—Tom D'Evelyn, The Providence Journal

"Hill's poems . . . can be criticized for being "too much moved by hate" . . . . There is truth in this, but they are moved also by a passion for justice, an awareness of the dangers of that passion, a partial deflation of those dangers through humor, and by a wary, meticulous love."—Emily Taylor Merriman, Christianity and Literature

“Hill is without question the strongest British poet currently writing, and his Selected Poems is an import of significance for American readers.”

The New Republic


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