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An interview with Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016)

Geoffrey Hill, who died in June, believed in expressiveness not self-expression

By Sameer Rahim  

Geoffrey Hill being knighted by The Princess Royal in 2012 ©Dominic Lipinski/PA

On 29th November 2013, I interviewed the poet Geoffrey Hill for the Telegraph. Hill, who died on 30th June at the age of 84, was one of our great post-war poets—one with a deep understanding of the complexity of English history, faith and language. The occasion of the interview was the publication of Hill’s complete poems, Broken Hierarchies. The published interview had, necessarily, to cut out much…

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