By Jeffrey Wainwright
Geoffrey Hill has acknowledged that a few nice poetry 'recognises that phrases fail us'. those essays discover Hill's fight over fifty years with the recalcitrance of language. This e-book seeks to teach how all his paintings is marked through the hunt for the appropriate pitch of utterance if it is sorrowing, indignant, satiric or erotic. It indicates how Hill's phrases are by no means flippantly 'acceptable' yet a moral act, how he seeks out phrases he can stand via - phrases which are 'getting it right'.
This publication is the main finished and updated serious paintings on Geoffrey Hill to this point, overlaying all his paintings as much as ‘Scenes from Comus’ (2005), in addition to a few poems but to seem in booklet shape. It goals to give a contribution whatever to the certainty of his poetry between those that have it for a few years and scholars and different readers encountering this significant poet for the 1st time.
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Extra resources for Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill
Kenneth Fearing, a very neglected poet of little tombstone ironies on America, never troubled to thank Sol Funaroff and me for bringing out his verse. Funaroff, a radical poet, and one whose spirit was not staled by selfishness, spent days at the printers for Fearing's book, while I went to various editors and acquaintances to raise the money. I wrote a foreword £36 to it and got Archibald MacLeish, Joshua Kunitz, and Farrell to speak at an evening given at a lawyer's house on Twelfth Street. The book sold and was well received, and Fearing got a Guggenheim award.
He lived in one part and rented out the other half for forty dollars a month, on which he managed by eating the lean fare of a Greek Cynic or an acolyte of Plotinus. He spent most of this pittance on 47] gallons of bad wine and whiskey. My wife Rlene one day looked into his icebox and saw nothing there but lentils, which reminds one how Diogenes washed leeks in the stream for his supper. Dying of tuberculosis and alcohol, he had no companions except arthritic she-slovens, consumptive plumbers, and a female real-estate agent with a bone and joint disease who had come there for the mineral baths.
Buffon remarked that our organs suffer far more from weariness from the longings to which they are subject than from actual physical indulgence. Little wonder that one of the greatest complaints in America is fatigue. Robert McAlmon was a defiant rake-hell of literature; he went to Paris and later to Barcelona to inveigh against America without restraint. He seemed to lack the full liberty he prized so much unless he could employ the most loathsome words. The money he spent to help and to print the works of unknown authors dropped through his sieve-like pockets just as easily as the gargantuan obscenities fell out of his mouth.