Speech! Speech!

Speech! Speech!

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A tragi-comic work from a ferocious modern prophet, "Speech! Speech!" offers us poetry as violent truth. Intended as a praise-song to honesty, this companion piece to the critically acclaimed "The Triumph of Love" presents the poet wrestling with his craft. For Hill's compulsion to speak is twinned with his loss of faith in the power of public speech. How can one express anything in a "dead language"? And who is there to listen in this "dead age"? Playful, original and profound, Hill's subject throughout is the here and now - the world of fax machines and the Internet, of rap music and Elton John, of global politics and disintegrating dystopian dreams. But history and myth are present too, as Hill delivers a poem for each of the 120 days of Sodom, communciating high moral purpose through his clamour of warring tongues; allowing us to glimpse the mythical in the insistently modern, the tender in the intensely savage, especially in the elegaic sections on the death of Princess Diana. As demonstrates Geoffrey Hill is a demanding prophet for our time.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 134 x 216 x 6mm | 95g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0141006927
  • 9780141006925

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'The reader winces at, and then is astonished by, the force and humour of SPEECH! SPEECH!' Harold Bloom
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About Geoffrey Hill

Geoffrey Hill was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, in 1932, and taught for many years at the universities of Leeds and Cambridge. He has lived in the USA since 1988, and is Professor of Literature and Religion at Boston University. His most recent books were CANAAN and THE TRIUMPH OF LOVE, both published by Penguin, who also publish his COLLECTED POEMS.
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