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Visionary Philology: Geoffrey Hill and the Study of Words

Matthew Sperling


Interviewed in 1966, Geoffrey Hill said, ‘Language contains everything you want—history, sociology, economics: it is a kind of drama of human destiny.’ This book shows how the work of one of the major post-war writers in English has been charged by a mythological sense of language’s historical drama, by reading the whole body of Hill’s poetry from sixty years against a tradition of visionary poet-philologists that he himself has delineated. That line runs from the present-day editors of the Oxford English Dictionary, through Gerard Manley Hopkins and Richard Chenevix Trench in the Victorian er ... More

Keywords: Geoffrey Hill, poetry, philology, etymology, language, theology, Oxford English Dictionary, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Richard Chenevix Trench

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198701088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Sperling, author
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow, University of Reading