Tag Archives: Geoffrey Hill

Whose English Is It Anyway?

(This is a very overdue reposting of a poem commissioned for The Verb as part of the BBC’s 2014 Freethinking Festival. The delay, apart from the usual reluctance to appear to be self-publishing anything beyond the lightest or most spontaneous … Continue reading

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Carry On, Leonora: 2

(Part two focuses momentarily on the image at the heart of this piece before pursuing these abstruse threads any further through the Labyrinth…) Naturally, that isn’t the painting’s full title, which is ‘Oink! (They Shall Behold Thine Eyes)’, with the … Continue reading

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Carry On, Leonora: 1

(This is the first of five sections of a piece I’ve been puzzling over all summer about the great British Surrealist painter and writer, Leonora Carrington. Puzzling because I don’t quite know where I’m going with this, though it clearly … Continue reading

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Heroes and Homilies (2)

(This second section is where the homiletic theme appears in relation to Henryson. Parts of this draw on a review of Heaney’s Henryson, reproduced elsewhere on this blog, that I did for The Scottish Review of Books. But, as I’m … Continue reading

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For the Time Being: Geoffrey Hill

(The gradual slackening of the academic busy-ness is giving me almost enough room to remember that I have had a series of posts lined up almost ready to go for several months now. That ‘almost’ being the fly in the … Continue reading

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Ed-Dorn-Burgh Review

Edward Dorn, Collected Poems (Carcanet), 995pp, £25 (This review of Dorn appeared in Edinburgh Review 139.) In several key ways Ed Dorn’s magisterial Collected Poems is a bridge between the late Modernist milieu of Black Mountain poetics within which he … Continue reading

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