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‘The speechless dead’: <i>King Log</i> (1968)

Jeffrey Wainwright

in Acceptable Words

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780719067549
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703359 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067549.003.0002
‘The speechless dead’: King Log (1968)

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The presentation of a tableau in this chapter related to Shiloh Church, or the Battle of Towton almost exactly four hundred years earlier under the comet's light in ‘Funeral Music’, appears as a central feature of King Log. Such single revelations haunt Hill's imagination. They act as images that compound his obsession with human suffering, ‘circumstantial disasters’, and all that compromises those circumstances. ‘The exact words’ are Geoffrey Hill's total concern as a poet. His determination is to strive to make them adequate to the events he witnesses. King Log is fruit of that witness and that determination.

Keywords: King Log; Battle of Towtown; human suffering; Funeral Music; Geoffrey Hill

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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