Title
“The Hill of Kinnoul”
Ruskin wrote the title as “The hill of kinnoul”. See System of Title Citation for Works.
Genre
Manuscripts
MS III (pp. 65[b]–66), a Red Book devoted primarily to “Harry and Lucy,” Vol. 2. “The Hill of Kinnoul” is the sixth poem in “Poetry Discriptive“.
Facsimile and transcript by permission of John Ruskin Collection, General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
Date
1827, after June. See “Wales”: Date; and Tours of 1826–27: Wales and Scotland, 1827 for the family journey with which this poem is connected.
Composition and Publication
Quoted in Emerson, Genesis of Invention, 30. Previously unpublished in entirety.
Discussion
“The Hill of Kinnoul” shares with other poems, such as “The Ship” and “Look at that Ship” [1827], an interest in multiple perspectives of viewing. In this case, the multiple perspectives were encouraged by guidebook advice for viewing this prominent landscape feature in Perth. See the Hill of Kinnoull (place) for nineteenth‐century guidebook advice for views, taken of the hill from below and of the prospects from above, just as Ruskinʼs poem is interested in “above below” (l. 5).
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