Here is public poetry of uncommon moral urgency: it bears witness to the sufferings of the innocent at the hands of history and to the martyrdom of those who have dared look history in the eye. "Rich, quarrelsome...handsome and brutish...Hill's poetry is the major achievement of late-twentieth-century verse," says The New Criterion. "Canaan is one of the few serious books we will have to mark the millennium."
About the Author
Geoffrey Hill was born in 1932, in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. He was the author of five books of poetry, two volumes of literary criticism, and a stage version of Isben's poetic drama Brand. He taught in the University Professors Program at Boston University.
"Art of the highest lyric intensity . . . it stands with the work of Mandelstam and Montale." Boston Globe
"Among our finest poets, Geoffrey Hill is at present the most European - in his Latinity, in his dramatization of the Christian condition, in his political intensity." -- George Steiner