Hill among the publicists

I admire Geoffrey Hill and his work (especially Mercian Hymns). I had the wonderful opportunity to study with him in the 1990s at Boston University, and I consider the experience -- learning about Gerard Manley Hopkins, Sir Thomas Wyatt, John Dowland etc. -- a highpoint of my grad school career. But when I opened the pages of … Continue reading Hill among the publicists

Tolkien’s household and poetic places

FAMILY MATTERS: Andrew O'Hehir gives a nice overview of Tolkien's "The Fall of Arthur" in the pages of the New York Times that only stumbles at the very end. A couple of reasons why Tolkien abandoned that poem, which his son Christopher notes in the new book, involved the pressures of work and his family. … Continue reading Tolkien’s household and poetic places

The Last Tolkien?

No, the above title doesn't refer to the bloodline of J.R.R. Tolkien's family -- it has to do with the most recent addition to the collection of Tolkien's writings, "The Fall of Arthur" edited by Christopher Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). It's probably not a good idea to say "last" when it comes to a writer … Continue reading The Last Tolkien?