Basil Bunting

Basil Bunting

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Basil Cheesman Bunting (1 March 1900 - 17 April 1985) was a significant British modernist poet whose reputation was established with the publication of Briggflatts in 1966. He had a lifelong interest in music that led him to emphasise the sonic qualities of poetry, particularly the importance of reading poetry aloud. He was an accomplished reader of his own work. Born into a Quaker family in Scotswood-on-Tyne, Northumberland (now part of Newcastle upon Tyne). He studied at two Quaker schools: from 1912-1916 at Ackworth School in Yorkshire and from 1916-1918 at Leighton Park School in Berkshire. His Quaker education strongly influenced his pacifist opposition to World War I, and in 1918 he was arrested as a conscientious objector, serving a sentence of more than a year in Wormwood Scrubs and Winchester prisons. Bunting's friend Louis Zukosfky described him as a "conservative/anti-fascist/imperialist," though Bunting himself listed the the major influences on his artistic and personal outlook somewhat differently as "Jails and the sea, Quaker mysticism and socialist politics, a lasting unlucky passion, the slums of Lambeth and Hoxton.show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 141g
  • Junct
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136714248
  • 9786136714240