230 x 145mm
An elegiac sequence, mourning for the musician William Lawes who was killed at the Battle of Chester in 1645. Delicately constructed, each page has a section made up of two stanzas, together forming the shape of a key. Before long, however, the tone makes it clear that nothing is to be taken at face value. Amongst the lines are provocations and incongruities, playful references and about-turns. Clavics is a celebration of seventeenth-century music and poetry, yet is confrontational and sometimes shockingly modern. From one line to the next you may be pulled out of a potently evoked moment of history. You could be thrust up against the wall of sexual politics and strained meaning in contemporary language. After all of this, you could be dropped back onto a battlefield.
This is a signed limited edition of 90 beautiful books, hand-bound and slipcased by The Fine Book Bindery in flecked maroon Dubletta cloth with Fabriano Tiziano endpapers. There has only ever been one other Geoffrey Hill SLE printed, making this a rare opportunity for poetry afficionados and collectors alike.
Sir Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016) was one of Britain’s most celebrated poets. In his distinguished literary career Hill published 19 books of poetry and also several books of criticism, recently collated in his award-winning Collected Critical Writings (OUP, 2008). In 2010 he was elected Oxford Professor of Poetry and in 2012 he was knighted for his services to literature. He taught at Leeds, Cambridge and Boston University, Massachusetts.
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