By Jeffrey Wainwright
Geoffrey Hill has acknowledged 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 booklet 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 flippantly 'acceptable' yet a moral act, how he seeks out phrases he can stand via - phrases which are 'getting it right'.
This publication is the main complete and up to date severe paintings on Geoffrey Hill to this point, overlaying all his paintings as much as ‘Scenes from Comus’ (2005), in addition to a few poems but to seem in publication shape. It goals to give a contribution anything 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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Extra info for Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill
There have been ingenious inquiries into the 51 scenario of the opening lines in major dialogues; but no systematic critical examination of how urban and rural, private or public set tings, mises en scene, initiate and inform the subsequent dialectic. I know of no comprehensive look at the role of entrances and exits in the dialogues though these are as paced and shaping as in any great play. The Platonic account of the trial and death of Socrates has long been regarded, together with Golgotha, as archetypal of western tragic art and feeling in toto.
As the Charmides gets under way, Socrates has just returned from the bitter battle at Potidea. " Virtually always Plato signals precise locations, 61 many of whose implicit references or symbolism are bound to elude us. Thus Socrates is walking from the Academy to the Lyceum along the road which skirts the outside of the city walls. He "has reached the little gate where the Panops has its source" when he chances on a cluster of young men eager to engage him.
This conviction, set out with chilling severity in the Laws, has generated numerous pro grams of " thought control" and censorship, whether inquisitorial, Puritan, Jacobin, fascist or Leninist. The unfettered poet or novelist energizes, exemplifies the rebellious irresponsibilities of the imagi nation. He is always to the left of official sentiment. In the economy, always under pressure, of civic means and obligations the aesthetic can entail both waste and subversion. From this point of view Plato does worse than repudiate the "open society " (Popper's celebrated indictment) : he repudiates the open mind.
Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill by Jeffrey Wainwright