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“'This: “Ad Socium”?': Verbal Power in Geoffrey Hill's The Triumph of Love.”

Wylie, Alex (2014) “'This: “Ad Socium”?': Verbal Power in Geoffrey Hill's The Triumph of Love.”. English : Journal of the English Association, 63 (423). pp. 330-346.

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Abstract

Published in 1998, The Triumph of Love initiates Hill's later style, a style which, as this essay argues, grows out of a divergence from T. S. Eliot regarding the role of the poet in society. In two new essays published in 2008's Collected Critical Writings, Hill offers a diagnosis of T. S. Eliot's decline from the late 1920s onwards, of his increasingly pragmatic public attitude towards poetry, and of his dereliction of what Hill terms ‘immediate context’. Hill's book-length poem The Triumph of Love draws both its sense of ‘immediate context’ and its attitude of ‘eros and alienation’ from this quarrel with Eliot. And it is this self-conscious stance or stance of self-consciousness, which configures the poem's reaction to Eliot's falling away, as Hill sees it, and is a major source of its linguistic energy, its images, and its voicing.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/english/efu020
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1010 Poetry
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4072

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