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Title: "Eppur si muove": Resistance and engagement in Geoffrey Hill's poetry and poetics
Authors: CHEW WEI LI
Issue Date: 16-Apr-2018
Citation: CHEW WEI LI (2018-04-16). "Eppur si muove": Resistance and engagement in Geoffrey Hill's poetry and poetics. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The poetry and poetics of Geoffrey Hill have been often and intuitively associated with a principle of resistance – to the tides of trends, to simplicity, or to language. This paper studies Hill’s notion of resistance as a virtue mutually dependent on and inextricable from the seemingly incongruous virtue of engagement, and asserts that the poetic self must maintain a balance between resisting and engaging with the ‘other’ in order to develop and temper itself, as well as to do justice to and potentially develop the ‘other’. For this paper, I will focus on language, the external world, and the (otherness within) the self respectively as entities of otherness, with language as a medium facilitating one’s resistance to and engagement with the external world and the self, and the resisting and engaging with language and the external world as an ultimate instigation of that within the self.
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