Read e-book online Visionary Philology: Geoffrey Hill and the Study of Words PDF

By Matthew Sperling

ISBN-10: 0191004448

ISBN-13: 9780191004445

Interviewed in 1966, Geoffrey Hill acknowledged, 'Language includes every little thing you will have - background, sociology, economics: it's a form of drama of human destiny'.

This ebook indicates how the paintings of 1 of the key post-war writers in English has been charged through a mythological feel of language's old drama, through interpreting the total physique of Hill's poetry from sixty years opposed to a practice of visionary poet-philologists that he himself has delineated. That line runs from the present-day editors of the Oxford English Dictionary, via Gerard Manley Hopkins and Richard Chenevix Trench within the Victorian period, to Samuel Taylor Coleridge within the early 19th century, and eventually again to Saint Augustine's idea of language.

Through distinctive shut readings of Hill's paintings and its scholarly inspirations, and large clean archival examine, new mild is shed upon poetry's relation to lexicography, etymology, and theological understandings of language. Key topics contain language's fallenness from prelapsarian origins, its an infection and enrichment by means of unique sin and blunder, the prospective restoration of its pristine origins via surrogates resembling song, Hebrew, or the language of angels, and its prestige as an enviornment of political and old contestation.

The e-book considers a miles wider diversity of Hill's writings, in a ways larger aspect, than feedback of his paintings has to this point performed, and it's the first to make enormous use of lately to be had archive fabrics. It thereby provides one of many fullest and so much authoritative debts of the paintings of a residing author lately.

Show description

Read Online or Download Visionary Philology: Geoffrey Hill and the Study of Words PDF

Similar literary criticism books

Download e-book for iPad: The German Joyce (The Florida James Joyce Series) by Robert Weninger

In August 1919, a construction of James Joyce’s Exiles used to be fastened on the Munich Schauspielhaus and fast fell because of harsh feedback. The reception marked the start of a dynamic organization among Joyce, German-language writers, and literary critics. it really is this courting that Robert Weninger analyzes within the German Joyce.

Download PDF by Friedrich A. Kittler: Discourse Networks 1800/1900

A brand new and encyclopedic imaginative and prescient of recent German literary, highbrow and social heritage, completed in the course of the optic of discourse research, psychoanalysis, and semiotic conception, analyzed in a spirit of playfulness and impudent precision.

New PDF release: The Challenges of Orpheus: Lyric Poetry and Early Modern

Extraordinary educational identify, selection magazine

This booklet confronts frequent assumptions approximately lyric as a literary mode, exploring such issues as its dating to its audiences, the influence of fabric stipulations of creation and different cultural pressures, lyric's negotiations of gender, and the interactions and tensions among lyric and narrative.

Offering clean views on significant texts of the period—from Wyatt's "My lute awake" to Milton's Nativity Ode—as good as poems by way of lesser-known figures, Heather Dubrow extends her severe conclusions to poetry in different historic sessions and to the connection among artistic writers and critics, recommending new instructions for the examine of lyric and style. extensive in scope, The demanding situations of Orpheus will curiosity scholars and students throughout a number old fields.

"Thorough, penetrating, and at the leading edge of latest scholarship. crucial. "— Choice

"A necessary and unique examine. Dubrow is principally solid at analysing the connection among gender and style. "— occasions Literary Supplement

"Dubrow accomplishes a lot during this pioneering learn. "— reviews in English Literature

"Her learn exemplifies a terrific of knowledgeable and sensible shut studying that you can actually basically desire will turn out as infectious as its writer needs it to be. "— sleek Language Review

"Represents either a wide-ranging exploration of lyric poetry within the early sleek interval and a plea for students to stress multivalent rules and inclusive taxonomies over hierarchical and sharply argumentative methods. "— Year's paintings in English reviews

Get García Lorca at the Edge of Surrealism: The Aesthetics of PDF

Garcia Lorca on the fringe of Surrealism: The Aesthetics of pain examines the differences of surrealism and surrealist theories within the Spanish context, studied in the course of the poetry, drama, and drawings of Federico Garcia Lorca (1898 1936). not like the idealist and unconscious tenets espoused via surrealist chief Andre Breton, which specialize in the great, computerized inventive methods, and sublimated depictions of truth, Lorca s surrealist impulse follows a trajectory extra in accordance with the theories of French intellectuals resembling Georges Bataille (1897 1962), who was once expulsed from Breton s authoritative staff.

Additional info for Visionary Philology: Geoffrey Hill and the Study of Words

Sample text

Gerard Manley Hopkins: The Major Works, ed. Catherine Phillips (Oxford, 2002), 339.  will not be chancell’d, when they read Common-Prayer to the whole Congregation, they must be censur’d’ (OED2)), it doesn’t record the verb form to chancel, from which that adjective derives, and under which Hopkins’s word would be instanced. The proposition that unchancelled itself demands a separate lemma—that the lexicographers should work up a definition, carefully explaining the visionary strangeness of a coinage that embraces the counteracting of a German chancellor together with an ambiguous sense of no longer being located in a particular part of a church—offers an extreme vision of the poetics of lexicography.

In shifting through variant forms to arrive at the English one—‘ruyter, ritterkind, | rutterkin’—the poem acts out some philological work of its own. The word ruyter is Middle Dutch, and in the late fourteenth cen­ tury it became rutter, before German rutter and the variant ritter emerged in the fifteenth century, all of them ultimately deriving from the ­Germanic base which gives us the verb to ride (OED3). The careful work in historical lexicology which Hill’s ‘ruyter, ritterkind, | rutterkin’ performs is recognized by the change made to the usage tag for the dictionary’s third edition: since there is now a late-twentieth-century instance of the word, the tag is updated from the second edition’s ‘obs[olete] ’ to ‘now hist[orical] rare’.

Auden, and even Dylan Thomas and James Joyce (except for most of Finnegans Wake). 54 53 Taylor, Hardy’s Literary Language, 6. See also John Considine, ‘Literary Classics in OED Quotation Evidence’, Review of English Studies, 60 (2009), 620–38; and Brewer, ‘The Use of Literary Quotations in the Oxford English Dictionary’, Review of English Studies, 61 (2010), 93–125. 54 Robert W. Burchfield and Hans Aarsleff, The Oxford English Dictionary and the State of the Language (Washington, DC, 1988), 24, 27.

Download PDF sample

Visionary Philology: Geoffrey Hill and the Study of Words by Matthew Sperling

by Richard

Rated 5.00 of 5 – based on 36 votes