41: Speech! Speech!
What does it mean for a poem to be difficult, anyway? And how can fart jokes and anagrammatic puns combine with elegiac poignancy and philosophical seriousness? The Sometime Seminar discusses Speech! Speech! (2000), a late-modernist poem about politics and the public sphere by Geoffrey Hill.
Discussed in the podcast: Ann Hassan’s Annotations to Geoffrey Hill’s Speech! Speech!
Supplementary link: Hill’s own favorite review of the poem, by Andy Fogle for PopMatters