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Basil Bunting

Basil Bunting is one of the most important British poets of the 20th century. Acknowledged since the 1930s as a major figure in Modernist poetry, first by Pound and Zukofsky and later by younger writers, the Northumbrian master poet had to wait over 30 years before his genius was finally recognised in Britain – in 1966, with the publication of Briggflatts, which Cyril Connolly called "the finest long poem to have been published in England since T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets". This video features four short extracts of Basil Bunting reading from his long poem Briggflatts, from Peter Bell's 1982 film portrait of Bunting, included on a DVD issued with the new Bloodaxe edition of Briggflatts (which also has a CD of an audio recording Bunting made of the whole of Briggflatts in 1967): [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ7greLmS3I[/youtube]
 
 
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