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New edition with DVD & CD

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".

Bunting wrote that "Poetry, like music, is to be heard." His own readings of his work are essential listening for a full appreciation of his highly musical poetry. This new edition includes a CD with an audio recording Bunting made of Briggflatts in 1967 and a DVD of Peter Bell’s 1982 film portrait of Bunting.

As well as his own notes to the poem (and a posthumously published additional Note), the new edition includes his seminal essay on sound and meaning in poetry, ‘The Poet’s Point of View’ and other background material.

"Briggflatts is one of the few great poems of this century. It seems to me greater each time I read it."
Thom Gunn

"His poems are the most important which have appeared in any form of the English language since T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land"
Hugh MacDiarmid

"Urgent, subtle, direct, bold, tough and lyrical... I shake my head in wonder."
Andrew Greig

"First published in 1966, Basil Bunting's Briggflatts is a gorgeously musical and heart-felt masterpiece."
David Betteridge

"Basil Bunting’s masterpiece Briggflatts has been reissued with a DVD and CD, and the stern beauty of its music is enhanced by hearing it in the poet’s Northumbrian accent."

"Briggflatts is a great poem of love and loss, identity and vocation, restlessness and belonging. It moves with supreme grace over cultures, continents, emotions and varieties of music."
Paul Batchelor, Times Online Best Poetry Books of 2009

"It's worth buying the book just to hear the extraordinary music of the poem in Bunting's own voice."
Andy Croft, The Morning Star

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