'The Redemption of History: A Reading of Geoffrey Hill's A Treatise of Civil Power'

Hawlin, Stefan (2014) 'The Redemption of History: A Reading of Geoffrey Hill's A Treatise of Civil Power'. Literary Imagination, 16 (2). pp. 219-232. ISSN 1523-9012 (PRINT) 1752-6566 (ONLINE)

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Abstract

This article provides a close reading of Geoffrey Hill’s late volume A Treatise of Civil Power (2007), with significant detail on the main poems. It shows how it forms an organized whole, where the parts add up to a larger vision of the body politic, power, and culture. The collection's attempt to read history as intelligible, as the ground of our thinking about thinking, is a careful challenge to progressivist and secularist assumptions. To articulate its vision the collection practises a deliberate ascesis of thought and word in relation to often tragic subject matter.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geoffrey Hill; contemporary poetry; 21st-century poetry; lyric; poetry and politics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: School of Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Literature
Depositing User: Stefan Hawlin
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2019 11:53
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2019 11:53
URI: http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/286

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