Odi Barbare is the second in Geoffrey Hill’s sequence The Daybooks, and the third to be published. It was preceded by Daybooks III: Oraclau |Oracles (2010) and Daybooks IV: Clavics (2011). The others in the series, to appear in the Collected Poems 1952-2012 from Oxford University Press in 2013, are: Al Tempo de’ Tremuoti and Liber Illustrium Virorum.
In the present sequence Hill uses the ‘Sapphic’ verse form – ‘re-cadencing’ the example of Sir Philip Sidney – with extraordinary discipline and expressive energy to address ‘this dying│Time that bends so beautifully around things’ and now beats back ‘more than it delivers’, work that requires ‘intelligent patience’ but wants the time such patience needs.
(Clutag Press, 2012)