Basil Bunting was one of the most important British poets of the 20th century. Acknowledged since the s as a major figure in Modernist poetry, first by Pound. Briggflatts by Basil Bunting is one of the great poems of the twentieth century, though it has not always occupied a central place in discussions. Basil Bunting’s poem “Briggflatts” has been hailed as the successor to Ezra Pound’s “Cantos” and T. S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets.” Bunting himself.

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The bull will re-appear later, when Bunting recalls the legend of Pasiphae. Early adulthood to early middle age.

Basil Bunting

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Part 3 is outside the main structure of the poem: It’s very helpful for us. English poems United Kingdom poem stubs. An introduction to the work of a poet was made by Northeast Films and first shown on Channel Four in A skilled musician can imagine the sound, more or brihgflatts, and a skilled reader can try to hear, mentally, what his eyes see in print: The moon sits on the fell but it will rain.

What sort of divine intervention is at play here? Stone smooth as skin, cold as the dead they load on a low lorry by night.

For all that, one thing is certain in the end: My intention is to try to shine light on the basic subjects and structures of the poem, without diminishing its music basli magic.


Bjnting, the labour of the mason goes on, a two-stanza ostinato-bass of tapping and sanding and getting the memorial-work done. Deeper history also comes to the surface with the first, brief appearance of the Viking warrior and sometime ruler of Northumbria Eric Bloodaxe, killed in battle on Stainmore around AD.

But I think the really essential facts about the poem can be summarised in a relatively tight space.


However, that is not quite the whole story; there is also a definite realist narrative here. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Rub the stone with sand, wet sandstone basio roughness away. Briggflatts is a dense, carefully wrought high-modernist work.

The poem begins with an epigraph reading: Part 1 is the most immediate and tightly structured in the poem.

His delivery reminds us that language is built of muscle and saliva, air and bone.

All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from November Articles with permanently dead external links Webarchive template wayback links All stub articles. By such rocks men killed Bloodaxe. No one here bolts the door, love is so sore. My own comments will be far fewer than even five stanzas from this extraordinary and beautiful poem deserve.

Ridiculous and lovely chase hurdling shadows morning into noon. But now that he is an old man the perspective is different. Nevertheless, Bunting intended it to be the climax of the narrative.


Bunting immediately takes us into the soundscape in their heads, and makes us hear all the small, complex interactions of horses and cartwheels. All his poetry is available in Complete Poems Bloodaxe Books, But there is some light in the gloom.

Views Read Edit View history. The rhyme scheme also changes throughout the poem as the bulk of the text appears in free verse while other lines do contain rhyming patterns. However, there is still the nagging sense of tragedy that has persisted throughout Briggflatts. The first two extracts here follow the sequence used in the film, not that of the poem itself the second extract is the opening of the poem: Whatever a line stanza should be called, Bunting works it marvellously, entwining staccato and legato elements into one harmonious whole, like a flowing hillside studded by rocks.

Show 25 25 50 All. Basil Bunting was one of the most important British poets of the 20th century. Dance tiptoe, bull, black against may.

The rhythm and mood change dramatically in the first line of the next stanza: