Basil Bunting

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Basil Bunting

Writers and Their Work


November 1st, 2015

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Basil Bunting (1900-1985) was an extraordinary if sometimes neglected poet. His late-flowering masterpiece Briggflatts (1965) jettisoned him into the pantheon of twentieth century greats and reminded his audience that the legacies of international modernism had not been entirely buried. Bunting showed that Anglo-American modernism was not incompatible with native traditions and Briggflatts is a powerful evocation of Northumbria, the poet’s cherished place of origin. Such dynamic regionalism struck a powerful note in the 1960s, his poetry proving an inspiration to younger poets. Bunting became a talismanic figure, his charismatic readings helping to galvanise the British Poetry Revival. Briggflatts rescued Bunting from literary neglect and prompted readers to return to his earlier writings which are also examined here.

Author Information

Julian Stannard is a Reader in English and Creative writing at the University of Winchester. Previous publications include Fleur Adcock in Context: From Movement to Martians (1997) and The Poetic Achievements of Donald Davie and Charles Tomlinson (2010). Also a poet, he is the author of The Parrots of Villa Gruber Discover Lapis Lazuli (2011) which completes a trilogy of poetic texts about Genoa, and a co-editor of The Palm Beach Effect; Reflections on Michael Hofmann (2013).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Title2
Title Page4
Copyright 5
Biographical Outline12
1 Introduction18
2 A Poet’s Life21
3 The Early Sonatas: Villon, Attis: Or, Something Missing, Aus Dem Zweiten Reich, The Well of Lycopolis40
4 Chomei at Toyama and The Spoils74
5 Odes and Overdrafts91
6 Briggflatts105
7 Critical Perspectives122
8 Conclusion134
Select Bibliography152