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Scenes From Comus

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SCENES FROM COMUS is the new sequence of poems from Britain's most original and ferocious modern prophet, Geoffrey Hill. In the words of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Hill remains for me the supreme voice of the last few decades The recent work, telegraphic, angry and unconsoled, at once assertive and self-dispossessing, is extraordinary'
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Penguin UK (first published 2005)
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Matt Stalker
Jun 06, 2009 Matt Stalker rated it liked it
'That we are inordinate creatures / not so ordained by God / That we are at once rational, irrational, and there is reason / That this is no reason for us to despair / the tragedy of things is not conclusive / rather it is one way by which the spirit moves / That it moves in circles need not detain us / Marvel at our contrary orbits / Mine salutes your whenever we pass or cross / Which might be now, may very well be now'

This, from 'The Argument of the Masque' (part one of this book) blew my mind
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Nov 10, 2013 James O'Brien rated it liked it
Reading Geoffrey Hill is partly about confronting what you think you know about reading, and words, and your own vocabulary, and your skill at giving yourself to the reading of a poem.

If you're looking for a generous kind of poetry —the little word paintings of a Gary Snyder, or the haunting characters of Frost's 'North of Boston' — you won't find those things in Hill. These poems are time machines and puzzles and short dreams of other writings that flicker over the landscapes of England, Wales
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Sir Geoffrey William Hill was an English poet and professor emeritus of English literature and religion.
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