Journal Article

Sensuous Intelligence: T. S. Eliot and Geoffrey Hill

Thomas Day

in The Cambridge Quarterly

Published on behalf of Cambridge Quarterly

Volume 35, issue 3, pages 255-280
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 0008-199X
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1471-6836 | DOI:
Sensuous Intelligence: T. S. Eliot and Geoffrey Hill

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Contrary to their reputation as difficult, intellectual poets, T. S. Eliot and Geoffrey Hill speak to us, and to each other, with a feeling for the untaught, faultier kinds of reading and understanding that they themselves invite – a relation made all the stranger by Hills critical antipathy towards Eliot, which (dis)figures a poetic imagination prone to turn in on itself. From this, the essay proceeds to a consideration of Hill’s 1998 book-length poem The Triumph of Love, sounding the fine line between simplicity and difficulty, knowing and unknowing, which conditions its concerns with martyrdom and martyrial utterance.

Journal Article.  11990 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Art ; Film ; Music

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