Poetry as Sound
Michael Symmons Roberts - 12 November 2007
I've just been browsing the Archive here, after watching the TV drama on Rudyard Kipling. Did you see it? About Kipling's efforts to send his young son Jack to fight in the First World War, and his grief and guilt when Jack was killed. Amazed to find not just Kipling in the Archive, but Browning and Belloc and Bunting. All these riches from the past - poets I knew on the page but hadn't heard.
Have a listen to Basil Bunting's recording if you don't (or even if you do) know his poetry. He's a poet captivated by music, and convinced that young poets should compose their poems on the tongue rather than the page. What do you think? Inspiring or too far from ordinary speech?