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

Acceptable Words

Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill

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Published: 1st October 2010
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Geoffrey Hill has said that some great poetry 'recognises that words fail us'. These essays explore Hill's struggle over fifty years with the recalcitrance of language. This book seeks to show how all his work is marked by the quest for the right pitch of utterance whether it is sorrowing, angry, satiric or erotic. It shows how Hill's words are never lightly 'acceptable' but an ethical act, how he seeks out words he can stand by - words that are 'getting it right'.

This book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date critical work on Geoffrey Hill so far, covering all his work up to 'Scenes from Comus' (2005), as well as some poems yet to appear in book form. It aims to contribute something to the understanding of his poetry among those who have followed it for many years and students and other readers encountering this major poet for the first time.

Wainwright's essays on Geoffrey Hill draw on his discriminating ear and analytic intelligence to great effect. Wainwright is always compelling, so deep is his understanding of the poet, so keen his awareness of what is going on in the poet's language.' Martin Dodsworth, Royal Holloway (English: the journal of the English Association)

Acknowledgements
Short Titles
âÇ Acceptable WordsâÇÖ
âÇ The speechless deadâÇÖ: 'King Log' (1968)
Poet, lover, liar: âÇ LachrimaeâÇÖ (1975)
âÇ Our love is what we love to haveâÇÖ: 'Tenebrae' (1978)
Things and words: 'The Mystery of the Charity of Charles P©guy' (1983)
History as poetry: 'ChurchillâÇÖs FuneralâÇÖ and 'De Jure Belli ac PacisâÇÖ (Canaan, 1996)
'The Triumph of Love' (1998)
âÇ Beauty is difficultâÇÖ: 'Speech! Speech!' (2000)
âÇ Here and there I pull a flowerâÇÖ: 'The Orchards of Syon' (2002)
âÇ In wintry solstice like the shortenâÇÖd lightâÇÖ: 'Scenes from Comus' (2005)
Afterword: âÇ âÇ I have not finishedâÇ âÇÖ
Notes and references
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780719067556
ISBN-10: 0719067553
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.22