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Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill

Jeffrey Wainwright


Geoffrey Hill has said that some great poetry ‘recognises that words fail us’. This book explores his struggle over fifty years with the recalcitrance of language. It seeks to show how all Hill's work is marked by the quest for the right pitch of utterance whether it is sorrowing, angry, satiric or erotic. The book shows how Hill's words are never lightly ‘acceptable’ but an ethical act, how he seeks out words he can stand by—words that are ‘getting it right’. It is a comprehensive critical work on Geoffrey Hill, covering all his work up to Scenes from Comus (2005), as well as some poems yet t ... More

Keywords: Geoffrey Hill, poetry, language, Scenes from Comus, poems, recalcitrance, pitch, utterance, sorrowing, satiric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780719067549
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719067549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Wainwright, author