Geoffrey Hill's later work

Radiance of apprehension

By Alex Wylie

Geoffrey Hill's later work


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6022-5
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00
  • Published Date: September 2021
  • BIC Category: Literature, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 21st Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: general, Literature & literary studies / Literary essays, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: poetry & poets


The work of Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016) often provokes bemusement or even hostility; however, he was often referred to as 'the greatest living poet' and variants thereof. Oxford Professor of Poetry from 2010-2015, Hill published in 2013 his collected poems, Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012, which included four previously-unpublished collections and substantial expansions and revisions of existing works, and in 2008 published his Collected Critical Writings, a volume comprising all his published criticism and two new major collections of essays, Inventions of Value and Alienated Majesty. This book sets this later work - from 1996 to 2016 - in its contexts. Providing exegetical and interpretive readings of this work, it reflects, and refracts, its dazzling radiance, setting it within its literary, cultural, intellectual, and historical contexts, and bringing it to specialists on Hill and modern poetry and to a wider audience.


1. 'A theory of energy'
2. A postscript on Modernist poetics?
3. 'Turbulently at rest': Order and anarchy in the later work
4. 'There are no demons': Faith and metaphysical fantasy
5. 'Bless hierarchy': The cultural politics of Hill's later work
6. 'A calling for England': Hill and the political imagination
Geoffrey Hill Bibliography


Alex Wylie is Lecturer in Liberal Arts at York St John University

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