The chapters in this book derive from an international conference on Yeats and Hill that took place at the Institut Catholique de Paris in 2013. They are preceded by abstracts and a general introduction in French.
On Péguy: An Interview with Geoffrey Hill
In September 2013, Geoffrey Hill and I traveled to Villeroy, where Charles Péguy died in battle in 1914. Hill attended a memorial mass for the 99th anniversary of Charles Péguy’s death and took part in a ceremony at the memorial to Péguy and the men of his company who fell with him. The year was also the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Mystery of the Charity of Charles Péguy. I brought with me a copy of the first of the notebooks Hill kept while drafting the poem. I have condensed below a few days’ conversations about Péguy and Hill’s poem.
and the face of the looming American poet, the strangled Bostonian
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