'The Argument of Geoffrey Hill's Odi Barbare'

Hawlin, Stefan (2014) 'The Argument of Geoffrey Hill's Odi Barbare'. The Cambridge Quarterly, 43 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN (PRINT) 0008-199X (ONLINE) 1471-6836

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Geoffrey Hill’s recent collections of verse are parts of a longer sequence called The Daybooks. Each volume tends to have a particular focus or argument. Odi Barbare (2012), the volume examined here in depth, is no exception. It fifty-two quasi-modernist odes deploy a poetic form gleaned from Philip Sidney’s Arcadia. Though diverse in subject matter, these lyrics highlight notable themes: evil, historical memory, the failure of capitalism, the role of art, and the presence of the divine in nature. These themes cohere into the exposition of a larger Christian vision, both personal and profound.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Submission date: 07-Mar-2013; Acceptance date: 26-Jun-2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hill, Geoffrey; Odi Barbare
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > English Literature > English Literature
Depositing User: Stefan Hawlin
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 14:17
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 12:32
URI: http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/256

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