The Poems of Basil Bunting

Front Cover
Faber & Faber, Jun 14, 2016 - Poetry - 320 pages
0 Reviews
Basil Bunting's work was published haphazardly throughout most of his life, and in many cases he did not oversee publication. This is the first critical edition of the complete poems, and offers an accurate text with variants from all printed sources. Don Share annotates Bunting's often complex and allusive verse, with much illuminating quotation from his prose writings, interviews and correspondence. He also examines Bunting's use of sources (including Persian literature and classical mythology), and explores the Northumbrian roots of Bunting's poetic vocabulary and use of dialect.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

FIRST BOOK OF ODES
46
SECOND BOOK OF ODES
81
OVERDRAFTS
97
UNCOLLECTED POEMS
112
UNCOLLECTED ODES
121
UNCOLLECTED OVERDRAFTS
127
SCHOOL POEMS
136
SONATAS
145
FIRST BOOK OF ODES
107
SECOND BOOK OF ODES
117
UNCOLLECTED POEMS
123
Draft Material for The Fifth Sonata
81
Buntings Interest in Persian Poetry
89
Buntings Notes as Prepared for Editions of Complete Poems
96
Buntings Prefaces
110
Bibliography
119

BRIGGFLATTS
152

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2016)

Don Share is Poetry Editor of Harvard Review and Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University, where he also teaches. He will shortly take up a new position as Senior Editor of Poetry (Chicago).

Basil Bunting was born in Northumberland in 1900. He was imprisoned for six months during the First World War as a conscientious objector and, after a wandering existence in Europe, in 1923 met Ezra Pound, who published his early poetry in Active Anthology (1933). He worked as a translator in Persia in the Second World War, returning to Britain in 1952. Although his first collection of poems was published in 1950, it wasn't until 1964 that he received widespread attention in Britain, with the publication of The Spoils, First Book of Odes and Loquitur. The publication of his most famous work, Briggflats (1966), led to an Arts Council Bursary and a Northern Arts Poetry Fellowship at the universities of Durham and Newcastle. He died in 1985.

Bibliographic information