By Adrienne Rich
Throughout greater than 3 many years Adrienne Rich’s essays were praised for his or her lucidity, braveness, and variety of issues. In A Human Eye, wealthy examines a various number of writings and their position in previous and current social issues and alterations. past literary theories, she explores from many angles how the humanities of language have acted on and been formed by means of their creators’ worlds.
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67 Every time I read this, it makes me catch my breath. So my pleasure in Hill’s praises of Bradley is diminished by the feeling that the praising gives Hill slightly less pleasure, is less central to him, than the dispraising of Eliot. The same goes for Hill’s lauding of Charles Williams, the poet, critic, novelist and theologian. As when Hill raises Bradley in order to lower Eliot, so there is a certain retaliatory humor in using Williams to something of the same end, given Eliot’s many public praises of Williams.
Housman and A Little Treasury of Modern Poetry, edited by Oscar Williams. This, I think, was in 1948, the year in which I turned sixteen”—the year in which Eliot turned sixty. Allen Tate’s “Ode to the Confederate Dead” struck me like a bolt from heaven; overnight I became a modernist. The beauty of Tate’s “Ode” is that it succeeds in a double economy—the classical economy of the rhymed strophes, the GEOFFREY HILL • 23 minimal subsistence-economy of the broken unrhymed couplets. I knew nothing, then, of Agrarian political philosophy; I doubt if the phrase “politically incorrect” had yet been coined; I had not read Eliot’s After Strange Gods.
I think we should be told. “In ‘The Love Song of J. ” But even if this were patently so, it would not have to be merely a falling-off, as against being something other, with its own possibilities for revelation. To be fair, Hill does at once set about quoting and quizzing. You are not here to verify, Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity Or carry report. You are here to kneel Where prayer has been valid. And prayer is more Than an order of words, the conscious occupation Of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying.