Books

Peer Gynt and Brand

Henrik Ibsen (and others)

A new Penguin edition of Ibsen's two great verse plays, in masterful versions by one of our greatest living poets, Geoffrey Hill.

These two powerful and contrasting verse dramas by Ibsen made his reputation as a playwright. The fantastical adventures of the irrepressible Peer Gynt - poet, idler, procrastinator, seducer - draw on Norwegian folklore to conjure up mountains, kidnappings, shipwrecks and trolls in an exuberant examination of truth and the self; while Brand, an unsparing vision of an idealistic priest who lives by his steely faith, explores free will and sacrifice. This volume brings together the poet Geoffrey Hill's acclaimed stage version of Brand with a new poetic rendering of Peer Gynt, published for the first time.

This Penguin edition includes an interview with Geoffrey Hill about recreating Ibsen in English, an introduction by Janet Garton and editorial materials by Tore Rem.

A Treatise of Civil Power

Geoffrey Hill

Geoffrey Hill's latest book takes its title from an obscure pamphlet of Milton's, a poet in whose footsteps Hill can justly claim to follow. Again we confront his usual obsessions — language, governance, war, politics, the contemporary and classical worlds and the nature of poetry itself. This is without a doubt the work of a major poet, writing at the height of his powers.

Selected Poems

Geoffrey Hill

This first selection of Geoffrey Hill's poetry charts the evolution of a complex, uncompromising, visionary body of work over fifty years. It includes poems from Hill's astonishing debut, For the Unfallen, through the verset-sequence Mercian Hymns, to acclaimed recent work, including The Orchards of Syon and Without Title.

Brand

Henrik Ibsen (and others)

The story of a minister driven by faith to risk the death of his wife and child, Brand pits a man of vision against the forces of ignorance and venality.

Biography

Geoffrey Hill is an English poet, and was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford from 2010 to 2015. He has published many volumes of poetry and critical writing, and his Broken Hierarchies: Collected Poems 1952-2012 appeared in 2013.