A postscript on modernist poetics?
in Geoffrey Hill’s later work
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This chapter poses the title of a later essay of Hill’s as a question, assessing Hill’s place within the modernist tradition, his readings and re-readings of that tradition. Hill’s later work is placed in a context of post-Eliot New Critical commitments, alongside a critique of W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound which is simultaneously an acknowledgement of those figures’ profound influence on his work. The chapter considers in depth the concept of “sensuous intelligence” which is so central to Hill’s later work and an inheritance from modernism and beyond. Indeed, this chapter considers Hills’ readings of such poets as John Milton and Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the light of his modernist and New Critical inheritances. Considerations of F.H. Bradley’s influence on Hill’s later work continue in this chapter, and the influence of Martin Heidegger on the later work in introduced here.