Collected Critical Writings

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Oxford 2008 First Edition. Hardback. Dust Jacket. Fine in fine dust wrapper. Large 8vo. pp x, 815. Original publisher's black cloth, lettered gilt on spine. This collection of ... Geoffrey Hill's criticism spans the length of his career as a pre-eminent poet-critic. The topics range widely across English literature since the Renaissance and include extended studies of major writers as well as essays which confront the problems of language and the nature of value. ISBN: 9780199208470. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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The Collected Critical Writings gathers more than forty years of Geoffrey 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 the best 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 historical context-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 already established 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 Word is Our Bond', 'Language, Suffering, and Silence, and 'Poetry and Value'. In all his criticism, Hill reveals literature to be an essential arena of civic intelligence.
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"If you are allowed one work of literary criticism to be marooned with on a desert island, take Geoffrey Hill's Collected Critical Writings, painstakingly edited by Kenneth Haynes." --Christianity and Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199208470
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2008
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in 1932, Geoffrey Hill is the author of a dozen books of poetry. From 1988 to 2006 he taught as a University Professor and Professor of Literature and Religion at Boston University. He is also Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford; Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently lives in Cambridge, England.

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Table of Contents

Lords of Limit
1. Poetry as 'Menace' and 'Atonement'
2. The Absolute Reasonableness of Robert Southwell
3. 'The World's Proportion': Jonson's Dramatic Poetry in Sejanus and Catiline
4. 'The True Conduct of Human Judgment': Some Observations on Cymbeline
5. Jonathan Swift: The Poetry of 'Reaction'
6. Redeeming the Time
7. 'Perplexed Persistence': The Exemplary Failure of T. H. Green
8. What Devil Has Got Into John Ransom?
9. Our Word Is Our Bond
The Enemy's Country
10. Unhappy Circumstances
11. The Tartar's Bow and the Bow of Ulysses
12. Caveats Enough in their Own Walks
13. Dryden's Prize-Song
14. 'Envoi (1919)'
Style and Faith
15. Common Weal, Common Woe
16. Of Diligence and Jeopardy
17. Keeping to the Middle Way
18. A Pharisee to Pharisees
19. The Eloquence of Sober Truth
20. The Weight of the Word
21. Dividing Legacies
Inventions of Value
22. Translating Value: Marginal Observations on a Central Question
23. Language, Suffering, and Silence
24. Tacit Pledges
25. Gurney's 'Hobby'
26. Isaac Rosenberg, 1890-1918
27. Rhetorics of Value and Intrinsic Value
28. Poetry and Value
Alienated Majesty
29. Alienated Majesty: Ralph W. Emerson
30. Alienated Majesty: Walt Whitman
31. Alienated Majesty: Gerard M. Hopkins
32. Word Value in F. H. Bradley and T. S. Eliot
33. Eros in F. H. Bradley and T. S. Eliot
34. A Postscript on Modernist Poetics
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