Basil Bunting (1900-1985 / England)
Basil Cheesman Bunting (1 March 1900 – 17 April 1985) was a significant British modernist poet whose reputation was established with the publication of Briggflatts in 1966. He had a lifelong interest in music that led him to emphasise the sonic qualities of poetry, particularly the importance of reading poetry aloud. He was an accomplished reader of his own work.
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- At Briggflatts Meetinghouse
- Briggflatts - Part I
- Chorus Of Furies
- Gin the Goodwife Stint
- On the Fly-Leaf of Pound's Cantos
- See! Their Verses Are Laid
- The Earthy Shields
- The Orotava Road
- What The Chairman Told Tom
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''To appreciate present conditionsBasil Bunting (1900-1985), British poet. Chomei at Toyama.
collate them with those of antiquity.''
''Sooner or later we must absorb Islam if our own culture is not to die of anemia.''Basil Bunting (1900-1985), British poet. Quoted in Omar Pound, Arabic and Persian Poems, foreword (1970).
I hate Science. It denies a man's responsibility for his own deeds, abolishes the brotherhood that springs from God's fatherhood. It is a hectoring, dictating expertise, which makes the least lovable ...Basil Bunting (1900-1985), British poet. letter, Jan. 1, 1947, to poet Louis Zukofsky. Quoted in The Poetry of Basil Bunting, ch. 6, by Victoria Forde...
The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of any...Basil Bunting (1900-1985), British poet. letter, Sept. 1932, to poet Louis Zukofsky. Quoted in Victoria Forde, The Poetry of Basil Bunting, ch. 2 (199...
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