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Basil Bunting
(1900-1985) born on
Mar 01
English poet. His greatest popularity was during the 1960s as the leader of British literary avant-garde.
         
   
F
To appreciate present conditions, collate them with those of antiquity.

R
I hate Science. It denies a man's responsibility for his own deeds, abolishes the brotherhood that springs from God's fatherhood. It is a hectoring, dictating expertise, which makes the least lovable of the Church Fathers seem liberal by contrast.
A
Always carry a corkscrew and the wine shall provide itself.
N
The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.
K
Sooner or later we must absorb Islam if our own culture is not to die of anemia.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Chomei at Toyama."
R: Letter, 1 Jan. 1947, to poet Louis Zukofsky; in "The Poetry of Basil Bunting, ch. 6, ed. Victoria Forde, 1991.
A: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
N: Letter, Sept. 1932, to poet Louis Zukofsky; in "The Poetry of Basil Bunting," by Victoria Forde, ch. 2, 1991.
K: "Omar Pound, Arabic and Persian Poems," Foreword, 1970.
   


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