Geoffrey Hill was born in 1932 in Worcestershire and died 30th June 2016.
He was a poet and essayist and taught after graduating at the Universities of Leeds, Cambridge and Boston. His first collection was published aged 20, and since then he published many more collections of poetry, including King Log (1968); Mercian Hymns (1971); The Triumph of Love (1999); Scenes from Comus (2005); Without Title (2006); and Oracles (2010). His Selected Poems was also published in 2006.
His collections of essays include The Lords of Limit: Essays on Literature and Ideas (1984); The Enemy's Country (1991); and Style and Faith (2003). In 2008, his Collected Critical Writings was published, later winning the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism.
Geoffrey Hill was an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford and of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010, he was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford University and in 2012, was knighted for his services to literature.
His collection Odi Barbare (2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year). The last collection published in his lifetime was Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012 (2013).