Basil Bunting’s Aesthetic Function: Art vs. Intellect

Farid Parvaneh, Raheleh S. Aaraaby


Basil Bunting is most commonly thought of as 1930s and 1940s poet grouped with some other poets such as Louis Zukofsky and Lorine Niedecker under the label “Objectivist ”. The present researchers seek to achieve two goals in this paper. The fi rst goal is to argue that Bunting pushes the aesthetic function to the very brink of sense but holds it there, oscillating on the cusp of referential meaning, thus creating a contested, liminal space where sound and sense content for the constructive axis of meaning-construction. The second goal is to construct an oppositional relationship between art and intellect and conclude that if the best poetry aspires to a state of pure music, that aspiration moves it even further away from the intellect1. Reference will also be made to opponents who put sight and visuality over and above everything else in man’s effort to acquire knowledge of this world in general.

Key words: Bunting; Aesthetics; Form; Art; Intellect; Music

Résumé Basil Bunting est le plus souvent considérés comme des années 1930 et 1940 de regroupés les poètes avec quelques autres poètes tels que Louis Zukofsky et Lorine Niedecker sous le label «objectiviste». Les chercheurs comtenporains cherchent à atteindre deux objectifs dans le présent document. Le premier objectif est de faire valoir que le Bunting pousse la fonction esthétique au bord même du sens, mais y maintient, oscillant sur le point de sens référentiel, créant ainsi un litigieuse, espace liminal où le son et le contenu de sens pour l’axe constructif de sens-la construction. Le deuxième objectif est de construire une relation d’opposition entre l’art et de l’intellect et de conclure que si la meilleure poésie aspire à un état de la musique pure, que l’aspiration se déplace encore plus loin de l’intellect. Référence sera également à des adversaires qui ont mis la vue et la visualité audelà de tout le reste de l’effort de l’homme d’acquérir des connaissances de ce monde en général.

Mots clés: Forme Bunting; L’esthétique; L’art; L’intelligence; De la musique


Bunting; Aesthetics; Form; Art; Intellect; Music



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