Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Reginald Shepherd on Geoffrey Hill

Reginald Shepherd wrote (June 19, 2007) at http://reginaldshepherd.blogspot.com:

Geoffrey Hill observes that “difficult poetry is the most democratic, because you are doing your audience the honour of supposing that they are intelligent human beings. If you write as if you had to placate or in any way entice their lack of interest, then I think you are making condescending assumptions about people. I mean people are not fools. But so much of the populist poetry of today treats people as if they were fools.” I don’t want to be patronized or condescended to, as a reader or a person; I would prefer that the poet assume that I am both intelligent and interested.