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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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‘Turbulently at rest’: order and anarchy in the later work

‘Turbulently at rest’: order and anarchy in the later work

(p.47) Chapter 3 ‘Turbulently at rest’: order and anarchy in the later work
Geoffrey Hill's Later Work

Alex Wylie

Manchester University Press

In this chapter, various manifestations of an obsession of Hill’s later work are discussed, namely the relationship of order and “anarchy”. This includes an examination of Hill’s sense of the human will in the later work, Hill’s sense of which draws heavily upon Philip Sidney’s description of “the infected will” and on Shakespeare’s sense of “will” which is, punningly, self-will and wilfulness; further to this, the human will’s relationship to law and justice is discussed. Following from this is a discussion of modernist conceptions of justice and Hill’s interpretations of them, central to which is a discussion of Hill’s conception of metaphor and the centrality of this to his quarrel with certain attitudes of ‘high modernism’ (Eliot, Yeats, Pound). The chapter concludes with a section investigating Hill’s conception of the relationship between active and passive which infuses his politics and sense of language.

Keywords:   Order, Anarchy, Will, Justice, Sigmund Freud

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