Geoffrey Hill Poems
- In Memory Of Jane Fraser When snow like sheep lay in the ...
- September Song born 19.6.32 - deported 24.9.42 Undesirable...
- Requiem For The Plantagenet Ki... For whom the possessed sea ...
- In Piam Memoriam Created purely from glass the saint stands, ...
- Tenebrae Requite this angel whose flushed and thirsting ...
- Respublica The strident high civic trumpeting of ...
- Mercian Hymns King of the perennial holly-groves, the riven ...
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.
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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In Memory Of Jane Fraser
When snow like sheep lay in the fold
And wind went begging at each door,
And the far hills were blue with cold,
And a cloud shroud lay on the moor,
She kept the siege. And every day
We watched her brooding over death
Like a strong bird above its prey.
The room filled with the kettle's breath.
Damp curtains glued against the pane
Sealed time away. Her body froze
As if to freeze us all, and chain
Creation to a stunned repose.
She died before the world could stir.
In March the ice unloosed the brook
And water ruffled the sun's ...