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History as poetry: ‘Churchill's Funeral’ and ‘De Jure Belli ac Pacis’ (<i>Canaan</i>, 1996)

Jeffrey Wainwright

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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/9780719067549.003.0006
History as poetry: ‘Churchill's Funeral’ and ‘De Jure Belli ac Pacis’ (Canaan, 1996)

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The epigraph Geoffrey Hill uses for the first poem in his sequence ‘Churchill's Funeral’ is from Edward Elgar's note on the ‘Cockaigne’ overture and contains the phrase ‘knowing well the history’. It is apparent that Hill's poetry has always known history very well indeed. Elgar's words point to the way in which music, like poetry, can transmute ‘history’ into its own currency.

Keywords: Geoffrey Hill; epigraph; Edward Elgar; Cockaigne overture; music

Chapter.  5218 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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