A Survey of Geoffrey Hill's "The Pentecost Castle" and "Lachrimae"
Nicholson, Ann, English - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Jost, Walter, AS-English-Eng Lit Ops, University of Virginia
In this paper, I will integrate the close reading of poems with historical discourse in a survey of the first two sections of Tenebrae—“The Pentecost Castle” and “Lachrimae.” Focusing on Hill’s engagement with religious and historical themes combined with traditional forms and ambiguous language, I will explore how Hill’s poetry remains relative to contemporary thought as it speaks to the human condition and to a faith that reckons with uncertainty and doubt.
MA (Master of Arts)