The Enemy's Country: Words, Contexture, and Other Circumstances of Language

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Poetry has sometimes been credited with a special place as a form of conduct in language, as if it were a world of words of its own from which the poet masterfully dispenses a distinctly free speech. These essays enquire whether such high praises, even when sincere, are apt to the real conditions of poets' work, to their share of drudgery, their fears of misapprehension or their need to please, to the entanglements of meaning in historical communities.

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“He is the most powerful living poet.”—New Republic

“The interest of these essays as part of the Hill oeuvre should not obscure their value as a contribution to seventeenth-century literary studies. They represent an exacting and meticulous scholarship illuminated by the acute ear of one of our finest poets and the argumentative abilities of one of the most subtle of critics.”—The Times Literary Supplement

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Geoffrey Hill has won prizes for his poetry, including the Hawthornden Prize and the Whitbread Award.

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