Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Canaan by Geoffrey Hill


by Geoffrey Hill

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
601197,694 (3.78)1



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 1 mention

Hill is in a strange position--not experimental enough for the literary left, but far too crabbed, difficult and flat out weird for the Establishment. In other words, he's the kind of poet I like: I'm not going to get more than about 20% of what's going on from my first reading, but since the language is compelling, I'll keep reading, and one day might get up over 50%. In Canaan he borrows the tone of a biblical prophet to denounce and praise, depending on the object of his attention; usually it goes very well, sometimes it's all a bit too much. Much recommended. ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0395924863, Paperback)

The Washington Post Book World refers to the "sensuality and coiled force" of Geoffrey Hill's poetry, and Donald Hall calls him "the best English poet of the twentieth century." In this collection, Hill takes on the role of prophet and witness, expressing outrage over England's recent history and politics. There is a deeper resonance in the writing, too, which is alluded to in the title. Hill suggests that most of human history and politics is corrupt and inhumane, and he is angry. Hill's is powerful writing that marries the earthly and the spiritual.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:22 -0400)

(see all 3 descriptions)

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
2 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (3.78)
3 2
3.5 2
4 4
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 117,075,770 books! | Top bar: Always visible