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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Praise for Geoffrey Hill’s newest collection of poems:
Without Title, his new collection, combines the force and freedom of Hill's narrative verse with a renewed faith in his masterly talents for form and wordplay. The result is alarmingly good; a collection of lyrics on the difficulties of ageing, the problems of belief and the vagaries of language bracketing a sequence o
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 30th 2007 by Yale University Press (first published 2006)
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Justin Evans
This took me a long time to read, which suggests that it wasn't quite as good as other Hill books. There are too many poems addressed to people I've never heard of or people who don't really need to have poems addressed to them (Stanley Rosen, for instance, great scholar though he may be; Jimi Hendrix, though a wonderful guitarist; Hart Crane, a decent enough poet). The Pindarics to Pavese bored me to begin with, but I quite liked them by the end. From 20:

Someone there has made a chalk drawing
If one were to take a step back and look at Hill's poetry, from the Triumph of Love to the present, you would see one of the longest goodbyes in poetry history. But it's a goodbye wrapped in ongoing complaint. Or is he bargaining with a distant God at his own oaks of Mamre? And about what? I don't know. Getting old, maybe. But the notion that that is the dark pearl at the heart of all of Hill's impenetrably barouque musings, seems wrong, but that sense of wrongness is based on Hill's powerful po ...more
Liam Guilar
I think it's inappropriate to use the star rating system on Hill's work. He is never less than daunting. But some shading is needed to distinguish between that stunning run of 'Canaan', "the Triumph of Love', "The Orchards of Syon" and "Speech Speech" which went off the scale and the books that followed which modulated into a different register, if not into a lesser quality.
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Sir Geoffrey William Hill is an English poet and professor emeritus of English literature and religion.
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