Basil Bunting: Redimiculum Matellarum

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  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

This pamphlet, the title of which might be translated as “A Necklace of Chamber Pots”, was Bunting's first collection, gathering some thirteen poems written between 1925 and 1929. Only a few copies seem to survive. It was reviewed by Bunting's friend Louis Zukofsky in Poetry in June 1931 but seems to have gone otherwise unnoticed. The most substantial work included was 'Villon', a poem in three sections which incorporates material adapted from Villon (in something like the way Pound had used Propertius in his Homage and which Bunting described, in a letter to Pound, as “a study, story, what-you-will, of a state of mind engendered by incipient D.T. plus influenza plus a clubbing from the French Police…

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Pursglove, Glyn. "Redimiculum Matellarum". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
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