It is about depth of memory and broken memory, but that could be said of all my poetry. The stopped energy of his landscapes has become a valediction, the epitaph of a poet who cannot give up his rages, even as age grinds him down. He pushes the resources of English—etymology, music, multiplicity of meaning, rhetorical devices—further than other writers dare. His poems can be as densely allusive, multi-voiced, polylingual, dissonant, and radically playful as Finnegans Wake.
Taken as a whole, the critical works make up a rich and rigorous philosophy of literature, supremely well nourished by a vast range of poetic, political, metaphysical and theological writings of the past years. Anyone who cares about literature will want to understand his reasons for caring about it. In Hill was elected to serve as Professor of Poetry at Oxford for five years.
That his critical fame exceeded his popular readership is one of the peculiarities of his genius. Hill [is] one of the most fascinating poets at work today—one whose every new book promises a revelation. Hill died in , leaving behind a massive collection of poetry and criticism dating back to the s. Prose Home Harriet Blog.
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Appeared in Poetry Magazine Equipment for Living. By Michael Robbins. Poem Guide. By Ange Mlinko. Discussion Guide. Getting in Shape. From Audio Poem of the Day October Preghiere pamphlet , Northern House, King Log also see below , Dufour, Mercian Hymns also see below , Deutsch, As those who " clarify good with evil ", they became saviors worshipped and cursed in equal measure. Even should they be evil, those who are sacrificed become a hero once it saves everyone in a village, no matter if the method of sacrifice is to be eaten or buried.
With the disgrace being forced upon them saving people, it leads to the birth of a hero instead of a sinner. While proper heroes are created from respect, gratitude, and feelings of guilt of mankind, Anti-Heroes cannot be born from such thoughts.
They are a contradiction that makes them " the enemy of the World ", but allows them to be exempt from all of the restraining forces of the World. They are similar to Heroic Spirits in that they are beings with a legend associated with them, however that legend isn't strong or coherent enough to qualify them for a place on the Throne of Heroes and is insufficient to independently constitute a Saint Graph, the spiritual foundation required to manifest as a Servant.
The thresholds for a legend to qualify one as a Phantom or a Heroic Spirit are not fully known, however Phantoms are described as being on the scale of an urban legend at most.
Unlike existences recorded on the Throne of Heroes, Phantoms are not permanent and will unravel in time, though the exact mechanisms of the decay are not fully known. Though Phantoms are normally unable to manifest as Servants, Baal devised a way to fuse them with Heroic Spirits and other Phantoms within the abnormal environment of the Shinjuku Singularity, where the Counter Forces are inactive. Fusing Phantoms together can enable the combination to manifest as a Servant, as in the case with Hessian Lobo , while fusing them to Heroic Spirits, such as Moriarty and Yan Qing , bestows them with abilities relating to the Phantom.
In the case of Moriarty, who would normally manifest as a Caster , the Phantom fusion allowed him to manifest as an Archer.
Shakespeare and Andersen have been shown to be capable of fabricating Phantoms, though the exact mechanics of the process have yet to be specified. Phantoms are similar beings to Wraiths, both not present on the Throne of Heroes like Heroic Spirits and both degrading over time in their own ways; however, the two categories are neither the same nor mutually exclusive. The primary differences are that Wraiths are the souls of deceased individuals who actually lived, while Phantoms can be real or fictitious in origin, and Phantoms cannot independently manifest a complete Saint Graph required to be summoned as a Servant while some Wraiths are capable of being summoned as Servants with valid Saint Graphs.
The degradation mechanisms for Phantoms and Wraiths also differ, although the specifics are not currently known. Known Phantoms most of whom made appearances within the Shinjuku Singularity include:. It is possible for those who cannot become true Heroic Spirits, to instead end up as wraiths. It is unknown where they normally exist, due to not being part of the Throne of Heroes. Heroic Spirits [Circumstances] The Heroes who achieved great deeds and were worshiped after death became Heroic Spirits.
They were the greatest existences amongst the forces that safeguarded humanity. In terms of classification, they were not Wrath, but closer to Faeries. Faeries were materialized forces using the imagination of humans as framework, while Heroic Spirits were woven purely from the ideals of humans through and through. Amongst Heroic Spirits, there were ones who existed in legends, ones who actually lived, and ones who were never observed. Those who were rarely worshiped were included in the classification of "Counter Guardians", and were utilized as an unconscious Counter Force.
Other Heroic Spirits were aligned with the planet rather than humanity, due to their high divinity. Counter Guardians were not within this category. Difference between Heroic Spirits and Servants Heroic Spirits were Heroes who have left behind great feats in legends after death and become subjects of belief. Normally, a Heroic Spirit is summoned by the world as power that protects humans. The ones summoned by humans are Servants.
However, Heroic Spirits cannot be controlled by humans, and to summon them, the Holy Grail or something with power of that sort must be used. Heroic Spirits summoned as Servants are like "emanations", copies created using the information of the main body of the Heroic Servant. Also, there are those who those who make a contract of some sort with the world when they were alive and as compensation become Heroic Spirits after death.