Geoffrey Hill (1932 – 2016)

July 2, 2016

Geoffrey Hill died this week. He was a great poet, but one who saw it almost a duty to be difficult. It was a good thing for public toilets should be accessible, he thought, but not poetry, which should always be at the cutting edge of sensibility, forever questioning the received ideas and self-images of the age.(A typical Hill poem will begin to challenge  itself half way through.)

He was also one of the best critics of the age. I had the privilege of hearing him lecture at Oxford a few years ago. I described the event on my other blog:

He was like no other poet.

One Response to “Geoffrey Hill (1932 – 2016)”

  1. happeningpoetry Says:

    We do not expect to travel to the stars on our first attempt. It takes many, all of which are necessary and meaningful. This is much like reading a Geoffrey Hill poem.


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