Former Professor of Poetry Sir Geoffrey Hill dies

Geoffrey Hill

We are saddened to learn of the death of Geoffrey Hill. Geoffrey studied English at Keble College, and went on to a distinguished career at Leeds, Cambridge, and Boston. Keble College elected him an Honorary Fellow; and he was, of course, for five years our Professor of Poetry, a role he fulfilled with immense charisma and brilliance. He was unquestionably one of the great poets and literary thinkers of his age, inimitable and irreplaceable: it was a privilege to have him a member of our Faculty.


Listen to Geoffrey Hill's Professor of Poetry lectures


'How ill white hairs become a fool and jester' (30 November)

‘Eccentrique to the endes of his Master or State’ (8 March)

‘Poetry and disproportion’ (10 May)


‘Poetry, Policing and Public Order (1)’ (29 November)

‘Poetry, Policing and Public Order (2)’ (6 March) - unavailable

Trinity Term 2012 (8 May) - unavailable


Michaelmas Term 2012 (27 November)

"Legal Fiction" and Legal Fiction (5 March)

'A Deep Dynastic Wound' (30 April)


'Poetry and "the Democracy of the Dead"' (3 December)

'Monumentality and bidding' (11 March)

'What you look hard at seems to look hard at you' (6 May)


'Mine angry and defrauded young' (2 December)

'The feel of not to feel it' (10 March)

'I know thee not, old man, fall to thy prayers' (5 May)