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Edited and introduced with notes by Don Share, Bunting's Persia collects Basil Bunting’s translations from Persian poetry by Rudaki, Ferdowsi, Manuchehri, Sa‘di, Hafiz, and Obaid-e Zakani, including previously unpublished translations. Bunting, who is widely regarded as one of the most important British poets of the twentieth century, proved unusual in his deep and abiding ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 2012 by Flood Editions
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Liam Guilar
Apr 10, 2012 Liam Guilar rated it it was amazing
Part two now added below

Despite the Blurb's claim that Bunting is widely regarded as one of the most Important British poets of the twentieth century, his reputation still seems a closely guarded secret. Despite the acclaim of critics like Hugh Kenner and Donald Davie, thirty years after the man's death there is still no scholarly Collected (the Forthcoming Faber edition is endlessly forthcoming), no decent biography, no edited correspondence and full length critical works are few and far betwe
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Joseph
Jan 18, 2013 Joseph rated it really liked it
A delightful book of translations and homages to six important poets of the Persian tradition. Bunting's selection from Ferdowsi made me long for Bunting's version of the entire epic (never to be, unfortunately), and his handful of Hafiz poems are much more vivid and quirky than the more pious "mystical" versions that are currently in the stores. Here's an example of Bunting's Hafiz:

Desinas ineptire

O everlastingly self-deluded!
If there's no love for you there's nothing for it
but to go crazy. An
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Jeff
Apr 26, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it
Bunting, who apparently worked for British Intelligence in Tehran in the post-World War period, read Classical Persian, but used French translations to bring Manuchehri into English, having earlier worked with a French version of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh. The Manuchehri is lean and startling in its prose rhythms: "Three things, and the more the better, nourish the free:| one is wine and one is music and one is meat." Further drinking Ghazals, by Hafiz and others on offer here, but Ferdowsi and Manch ...more
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Born into a Quaker family in Scotswood-on-Tyne, Northumberland (now part of Newcastle upon Tyne), Bunting was educated at the Royal Grammar School there for two years. He then studied at two Quaker schools: from 1912–1916 at Ackworth School in Yorkshire and from 1916–1918 at Leighton Park School in Berkshire.[2]. His Quaker education strongly influenced his pacifist opposition to World War I, and ...more
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