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Mercian Hymns

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published 1971 by Andre Deutsch Ltd
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MJ Nicholls
These poems put me in mind of PJ Harvey’s latest, Let England Shake. All soil and toil, fantastic gloom. I nabbed this collection from my girlfriend who knows how to read poems. Ask her, she’s nicer than me, and a talented playwright. Or perhaps you can form your own opinion? Here’s stanza III, part XXII to consider: “Then, in the earthly shelter, warmed by a blue-glassed storm-lantern, I huddled with stories of dragon-tailed airships and warriors who took wing immortal as phantoms.” That sort o ...more
Kitty
No, no, no, no, no!


I think Geoffrey Hill's poetry may be some of the most contemptible I have ever encountered and having recently rediscovered my own teenage ramblings that is no mean feat. Anyone who claims to enjoy this collection is entirely deluded or has sunk so far into academia that they have forgotten what anything but completely inaccessible literature looks like. The images, rhythm and expression of "Mercian Hymns" is extraordinarily labored and each word seems to require a page of no
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Melody
A very difficult reading, considering I had to do it all in one week. I like Hill's precision. A collection of condensed and evocative poems.
Jamie
Interesting conceptually, but not really my bag in terms of poetic style generally.
David
Almost unforgettable, though not quite.
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Sir Geoffrey William Hill is an English poet and professor emeritus of English literature and religion.
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