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Geoffrey Hill's Later WorkRadiance of Apprehension$
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Alex Wylie

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526124944

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526124951

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‘A theory of energy’

‘A theory of energy’

(p.1) Chapter 1 ‘A theory of energy’
Geoffrey Hill's Later Work

Alex Wylie

Manchester University Press

Geoffrey Hill’s later phase is defined as a reaction against T.S. Eliot’s decline from “pitch” into “tone”, and from “eros and alienation” into pragmatism. It is also shown to be defined by Hill’s readings of F.H. Bradley against Eliot’s interpretations of the philosopher, and an absorption of the Bradleian notion of ‘eros’, which is the “theory of energy” stimulating Hill’s later work in poetry and criticism. Hill’s approach to the relation between subject and object is reorientated from his earlier work in line with his readings of Bradley and his theory of Bradleian eros. Hill’s later phase, then, is defined as a reaction against Eliot and certain features of modernist politics and ontology. Taken from Emmanuel Levinas, the term ‘metaphysical desire’ is used to define this tendency in Hill’s later work.

Keywords:   T.S. Eliot, F.H. Bradley, Eros, Metaphysical desire

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