In his Mercian Hymns (1971), Geoffrey Hill creates a compelling, mythopoeic world made up of the history and the landscape of the West Midlands. He interweaves the geographies and perspectives of several figures into his poetic panorama, flitting from a child’s eye view to the gaze of the medieval king Offa to the reminiscences of an adult, and he creates an intense, cohesive picture of a time and place that is just out of step with our own. 4,156 more words