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Canaan

by Geoffrey Hill

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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. ( )
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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.

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