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The Poems of Basil Bunting

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.

Critic Reviews

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.

Jeremy Noel-Todd, The Times Books of the Year

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…

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