Basil Bunting

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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 o ...
Popular Poems
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At Briggflatts Meetinghouse
Boasts time mocks cumber Rome. Wren
set up his own monument.
Others watch fells dwindle, think
the sun's fires sink.
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2.
On The Fly-Leaf Of Pound's Cantos
There are the Alps. What is there to say about them?
They don't make sense. Fatal glaciers, crags cranks climb,
jumbled boulder and weed, pasture and boulder, scree,
et l'on entend, maybe, le refrain joyeux et leger.
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3.
What The Chairman Told Tom
Poetry? It's a hobby.
I run model trains.
Mr Shaw there breeds pigeons.
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4.
Nothing
Nothing
substance utters or time
stills and restrains
joins design and
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5.
Gin The Goodwife Stint
The ploughland has gone to bent
and the pasture to heather;
gin the goodwife stint,
she'll keep the house together.
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Popular Quotes
11 November 2014
To appreciate present conditions collate them with those of antiquity.
11 November 2014
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 of the Church Fathers seem liberal by contrast. It is far easier for a Hitler or a Stalin to find a mock- scientific excuse for persecution than it was for Dominic to find a mock-Christian one.
11 November 2014
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 anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.

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Katarina Lacuskova 06 January 2005
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