From the word go, Hill gave some of his readers problems with his style, which, to use the most boring word about it, is “difficult”, and there was some small, perplexed part of me that hoped one of the reasons this book is so big is that the answers are printed in the back. The editor of the 1960 Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse, Kenneth Allott, in argument with Hill about which of his poems to include (Hill apparently objected to the inclusion of “In Memoriam Jane Frazer” on the grounds of its “coy last stanza”, and of “The White Ship” because of its “shaky technique”), said of the poem finally chosen: “I understand ‘Annunciations’ only in the sense that cats and dogs may be said to understand human conversation, ie they grasp something by the tone of the speaking voice, but without help I cannot construe it.” Hill did give help in that collection, of a kind he has been reluctant to provide in public ever since, and although his gloss is not what we might call conventionally explanatory, it provided his readers, almost from the start, with something approaching a key to how to read him.
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