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Geoffrey Hill’s Speech! Speech! (2000) encapsulates thousand years’ worthy of utterances in a symbolic act of remembrance and expression of depression for the present age, within which we discover “our minds and ears fouled by means of degraded public speech—by media hype, insipid sermons, hole political rhetoric, and the ritual misuse of words.” via one hundred twenty densely allusive stanzas—“As many because the days that have been | of SODOM”—the poem wrestles this from inside of, combating hearth with hearth in an alchemical symbolic labour that transmutes the dross of corrupt and clichéd idiom right into a dynamic logopoeia that proves actual Hill’s continual declare: “genuinely tough artwork is actually democratic.” Such is the unusual, ambivalently adversarial place of poetry within the current international and hence the distance of our actual connection to it: “Whatever unusual dating we've with the poem, it's not one in all leisure. it truly is extra like being brushed previous, or apart, via an alien being” (Hill). Befriending this estrangement, embracing it as a extra amicable brushing-up-against, Hassan’s Annotations supply an intensive and sufferer explication of Speech! Speech! that either clarifies and deepens the poem’s problems, illuminating its polyphonic language and careening discursive circulate. The author’s procedure is instantaneously commentarial, descriptive, and narratorial, staying faithfully with the poem and following its advanced verbal and logical turns. The ebook generously presents, instead of direct interpretative incursion, a tougher and effective record of “the actual nature / of this success” (stanza 92), a capacious, open realizing of the textual content that may turn out worthy to its current and destiny readers. punctumbooks.com

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