CONTEMPORARY POETRY DISCUSSION GROUP.
All with an interest in literature are welcome!
We’ll be discussing the work of the English poet Geoffrey Hill, currently Oxford Professor of Poetry.
Geoffrey Hill was born in England in 1932. From a working-class family, Hill attended Oxford where his poetry was first published. Today his work is noted for its seriousness, allusiveness, and dedication to history and theology. The poems are also playful, touching and sensuous. His early collections, King Log, (1968) and Mercian Hymns (1971), interlace cool formal restraint with an impassioned scrutiny of historical narrative that probes the politics of representing violent episodes in British history. His later work – including Speech! Speech! (2000) and The Triumph of Love (1999) – makes much use of the energetically attention-grabbing idioms of public life: advertising, the internet, television, political sloganeering.