He was grumpy and he was older, and differently dressed, and I learned that that was Basil Bunting
Mark Knopfler recalling his time on the Chronicle in the 1960s which inspired his song Basil in homage to the poet Basil Bunting
, above right, who worked on the paper as a sub editor |Mark Knopfler recalling his time on the Chronicle in the 1960s which inspired his song Basil in homage to the poet Basil Bunting
, above right, who worked on the paper as a sub editor |
The first thing that can be said for Basil Bunting
on Poetry, a diverting volume of lectures gamely reconstructed from rough drafts and audiotapes, is that it should squelch the temptation to caricature Bunting as some roaring Caliban sprung into free verse by Pound's rough magic.
Mark meanwhile said his song Basil was inuenced by meeting Basil Bunting
at the Chronicle.
With Basil, the song about Basil Bunting
, I was about 14 or so and I was a copy boy.
- who, incidentally, once worked for this newspaper - is long gone but Tom Pickard has carried on writing and impressing people who love words.
This coincides with the presentation of the Basil Bunting
Poetry Awards, of which he was a judge.
This epigraph proclaims Pickard's allegiance to sixteenth-century poetry, which his friend and mentor Basil Bunting
often praised for its proximity to music.
SEAN Bean, English actor, 1959 VICTORIA Beckham, singer, 1974, above JOHN McCririck, racing journalist, 1940 LINDA McCartney, 1998, above BENJAMIN Franklin, statesman, 1790 BASIL Bunting
, UK poet, 1985
SUCCESS From left, Basil Bunting
, John Hegley and Simon Armitage
When Ezra Pound published Guide to Kulchur in 1952, he dedicated it to "Louis Zukofsky and Basil Bunting
/ strugglers in the desert.
Alongside items from the British Library, including a first edition of Swinburne's poem, Grace Darling, is manuscript material from North East writers such as Sid Chaplin, Jack Common, Robert Westall and Basil Bunting