Quotes by Basil Bunting
Alive from: 1900-1985
Category: Poets (Contemporary)
Quotes 1 till 11 of 11.
All you can usually say about a poem or a picture is, 'Look at it, listen to it.' Whether you listen to a piece of music or a poem, or look at a picture or a jug or a piece of sculpture, what matters about it is not what it has in common with others of its kind, but what is singularly its own.Source: On Poetry
But their determination to banish fools foundered ultimately in the installation of absolute idiots.
Can a moment of madness make up for an age of consent?
Gin the goodwife stint
and the bairns hunger
the Duke can get his rent
one year longer.Source: Odes Gin the Goodwife Stint, I:14
Poetry? It's a hobby.
I run model trains.
Mr Shaw there breeds pigeons.
It's not work. You don't sweat.
Nobody pays for it.
You could advertise soap.Source: Odes What The Chairman Told Tom, II:6
Sooner or later we must absorb Islam if our own culture is not to die of anemia.
The Duke can get his rent
and we can get our ticket
twa pund emigrant
on a C.P.R. packet.Source: Odes Gin the Goodwife Stint, I:14
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.
To appreciate present conditions, collate them with those of antiquity.
Whether you listen to a piece of music, or a poem, or look at a picture or a jug, or a piece of sculpture, what matters about it is not what it has in common with others of its kind, but what is singularly its own.
Who says it's poetry, anyhow?
My ten year old
can do it and rhyme.
Mr Hines says so, and he's a schoolteacher,
he ought to know.
Go and find workSource: Odes What The Chairman Told Tom, II:6