This essay was originally published in Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations, Volume 10.1.
Essay Topics and Keywords
Robert Lowell, Geoffrey Hill, Lowell's Lord Weary's Castle and Imitations, Hill's For the Unfallen, Mercian Hymns, A Treatise of Civil Power'
An extract from this essay
In Hill's poetry, as in the early verse of Lowell, the exertions and strains of expression testify to the severity of the struggle. They are manifested in certain shared characteristics: an effortful, compacted form of utterance, an anguished magniloquence, a baroque linguistic violence, a concentration on states of spiritual despair, and a ready capacity for moral affront. Both rhythmically and conceptually, the early poems of Lowell and Hill are, to borrow a phrase from “˜God's Little Mountain”, “˜pent up into a region of pure force”.
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University of Bristol