Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Poet as Bargee

In a letter from Paris dated 23 April 1923, Basil Bunting wrote to the London School of Economics, where he had been a student, to explain why he was abandoning his education there:

I.  It interfered with my pursuit of literature.

II.  It did not seem to lead to any secure employment.

III.  It ceased to interest me for its own sake.

IV.  It appeared (to me) to have turned several intelligent men into dullards & I did not desire a similar fate.

I am now seeking employment as a bargee.

-- From the excellent forthcoming biography of Bunting by Richard Burton, A Strong Song Tows Us.