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.
Born into a Quaker family in Scotswood-on-Tyne, Northumberland (now part of Newcastle upon Tyne). He studied at two Quaker schools: from 1912–1916 at Ackworth School in Yorkshire and from 1916–1918 at Leighton Park School in Berkshire. His Quaker education strongly influenced his pacifist opposition to World War I, and in... more »
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- At Briggflatts Meetinghouse
- On the Fly-Leaf of Pound's Cantos
- What The Chairman Told Tom
- Gin the Goodwife Stint
- Briggflatts - Part I
- The Earthy Shields
- The Orotava Road
- See! Their Verses Are Laid
- Chorus Of Furies
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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...
''But their determination to banish fools founderedBasil Bunting (1900-1985), British poet. The Spoils. On the decline of government under the Turkish Seljuk dynasty.
ultimately in the installation of absolute idiots.''
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