Basil Bunting: The First Book of Odes (373 words)

Glyn Pursglove (Swansea University)
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The first publication of the Fulcrum Press, which was to make an important contribution to poetry publishing in Britain, Bunting's First Book of Odes, was published in a limited edition of less than two hundred copies. It reprints the 34 poems designated “Odes” in Poems: 1950, adding to them “The Orotova Road”, which was included in Poems: 1950 but not then included in the “Odes”, and two further poems “On highest summit dawn comes soonest” and “On the Fly-Leaf of Pound's Cantos”. “My odes are called odes”, Bunting declared in one interview, “because Horace called his odes. An ode is essentially a sonnet to be sung, not all of mine are meant to be sung; most of them are”. Some of the …

Citation: Pursglove, Glyn. "The First Book of Odes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002 [, accessed 10 July 2020.]

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