The Poems of Basil Bunting
An important work of literary scholarship which highlights, for the first time, the achievement of a neglected modernist master – now in paperback
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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.
I hope he [Bob Dylan] will spend some of his winnings on The Poems of Basil Bunting, which have been patiently and splendidly edited by Don Share. Bunting made Eliot and Pound’s modernism sing with a north of England accent.
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