With both war and religion as major themes the subjects of For The Unfallen by Geoffrey Hill are heavy going. The hard rhyme feels a little clumsy in places and there are some overly traditional uses of style and form. The choices made were not very original and it feels like he is covering old ground without ever really showing his own feelings on a topic.
Nations and generations: its cultural
Or trade skeletons such hand-picked bone:
Flaws in the best, revised science marks down:
Witness many devices;
-Of Commerce and Society: II The Lowlands of Holland
My favourite poems were In Memory of Jane Fraser and The Bibliographers. Having read this collection a couple of times I definitely prefer his later works.