Geoffrey Hill

(18 June 1932 / Worcestershire)

Quotations

  • ''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 [Geoffrey Hill]. (1994) Houghton Mifflin.
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  • ''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 [Geoffrey Hill]. (1994) Houghton Mifflin.
  • ''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 Mifflin.
  • ''In the schoolyard,in the cloakrooms, the children boasted their
    scars of dried snot;wrists and knees garnished with impetigo.''
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932), British poet. Mercian Hymns (l. 12-14). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''As estimated, you died. Things marched,
    sufficient, to that end.
    Just so much Zyklon and leather, patented
    terror, so many routine cries.''
    Geoffrey Hill (b. 1932), British poet. September Song (l. 4-7). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.

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Funeral Music

William de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk: beheaded 1450
John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester: beheaded 1470
Anthony Woodville, Earl Rivers: beheaded 1483

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Processionals in the exemplary cave,
Benediction of shadows. Pomfret. London.
The voice fragrant with mannered humility,

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