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Complete Poems by Basil Bunting
Book DescriptionA master of song poems which celebrate-and incarnate-the music of nature and history, love and mythology, religion and language, Basil Bunting (1900-1985) was a major figure in Modernist poetry, recognized by Pound and Zukofsky as early as the 1930s, and crowned, with the 1966 publication of his masterpiece "Briggflatts", Britain's greatest poet. The poet himself called his great epic poem "old wives' chatter, cottage wisdom," but for many writers "Briggflatts" is one of the dozen great poems of the 20th century: as Cyril Connolly put it, "the finest long poem to have been published in England since T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets." As well as "Briggflatts" (long out of print in the US, and now only available in this edition), this new Complete Poems includes Bunting's other great sonatas, most notably Villon (1925) and The Spoils (1951), along with his two books of Odes, his vividly realized "Overdrafts" (as he called his free translations of Horace, Rudaki, and others), and his brilliantly condensed Japanese adaptation, Chomei at Toyama (1932). It also includes his posthumous Uncollected Poems. This centenary edition has an introduction by Richard Caddel, Director of the Basil Bunting Poetry Center at Durham University.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780811215633
(203mm x 134mm x 17mm)
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 21-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Basil Bunting
Poems of Basil Bunting, Hardback (June 2016)
Basil Bunting is one of the most important British poets of the twentieth century. This critical edition of the complete poems offers an accurate text with variants from all printed sources. It annotates Bunting's often complex and allusive verse, with much illuminating quotation from his prose writings, interviews and correspondence.
Briggflatts, Paperback (June 2009)
Basil Bunting is one of the most important British poets of the 20th century. This title includes a CD with an audio recording Bunting made of "BRIGGFLATTS" in 1967 and a DVD of Peter Bell's 1982 film portrait of Bunting.
Basil Bunting on Poetry, Paperback (September 2003)» View all books by Basil Bunting
Throughout, editor Peter Makin expands upon and annotates the lectures with additional comments drawn from Bunting's writings.
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Author Biography - Basil Bunting
Basil Bunting (1900-1985) was a major figure in Modernist poetry, recognized by Pound and Zukofsky as early as the 1930s, and crowned, with the 1966 publication of his masterpiece "Briggflatts", Britain's greatest poet. Richard Caddel is Director of the Basil Bunting Poetry Center at Durham University.
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