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Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill

Jeffrey Wainwright

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719067549
eISBN:
9781781703359
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719067549.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Geoffrey Hill has said that some great poetry ‘recognises that words fail us’. This book explores his struggle over fifty years with the recalcitrance of language. It seeks to show how all Hill's ... More


Austin’s Remarks

Maximilian de Gaynesford

in The Rift in The Lute: Attuning Poetry and Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198797265
eISBN:
9780191838767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198797265.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Criticism/Theory

J. L. Austin makes several remarks that seem to reflect antipathy towards poetry. He describes poetic utterances as ‘non-serious’ and represents poetry itself as a non-serious use of language. He ... More


Philosophers

Maximilian de Gaynesford

in The Rift in The Lute: Attuning Poetry and Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780198797265
eISBN:
9780191838767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198797265.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Criticism/Theory

Philosophers find Austin’s remarks innocuous, professing themselves astonished at the distress they have caused. The implication is that poets and critics are over-sensitive, and that if they are ... More


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