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Geoffrey Hill

(18 June 1932 / Worcestershire)

Geoffrey Hill
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Sir Geoffrey William Hill is an English poet, professor emeritus of English literature and religion, and former co-director of the Editorial Institute, at Boston University. Hill has been considered to be among the most distinguished poets of his generation. In June 2010 he was elected Professor of Poetry in the University of Oxford.

Biography

Geoffrey Hill was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, in 1932. When he was six, his family moved to nearby Fairfield in Worcestershire, where he attended the local primary school, then the grammar school in Bromsgrove. "As an only child, he developed the habit of going for long walks alone, as an adolescent ... more »

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  • ''Platonic England, house of solitudes,
    rests in its laurels and its injured stone,''
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932), British poet. An Apology for the Revival of Christian Architecture in England. . . New & Collected Poems, 1952-1992 [Geof...
  • ''Autumn resumes the land, ruffles the woods
    with smoky wings, entangles them.''
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932), British poet. An Apology for the Revival of Christian Architecture in England. . . New & Collected Poems, 1952-1992 [Geof...
  • ''By blood we live, the hot, the cold,
    To ravage and redeem the world:
    There is no bloodless myth will hold.''
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932), British poet. Genesis (l. 40-42). . . New & Collected Poems, 1952-1992 [Geoffrey Hill]. (1994) Houghton Mifflin.
  • '''Beware
    The soft-voiced owl, the ferret's smile,
    The hawk's deliberate stoop in air,
    Cold eyes, and bodies hooped in steel,
    Forever bent upon the kill.'''
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932), British poet. Genesis (l. 16-20). . . New & Collected Poems, 1952-1992 [Geoffrey Hill]. (1994) Houghton Mifflin.
  • ''When snow like sheep lay in the fold''
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932), British poet. In Memory of Jane Fraser (l. 1). . . New & Collected Poems, 1952-1992 [Geoffrey Hill]. (1994) Houghton Miff...
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