Basil Bunting

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)9781786942975
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameWriters and Their Work
PublisherLiverpool University Press

Keywords

  • Basil Bunting- Modernism

Cite this

Stannard, J. (2012). Basil Bunting. (Writers and Their Work).
Stannard, Julian. / Basil Bunting. 2012. (Writers and Their Work).
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