from Odes: 14. Gin the Goodwife Stint

By Basil Bunting 1900–1985 Basil Bunting
The ploughland has gone to bent   
and the pasture to heather;   
gin the goodwife stint,
she’ll keep the house together.

Gin the goodwife stint   
and the bairns hunger   
the Duke can get his rent   
one year longer.

The Duke can get his rent
and we can get our ticket
twa pund emigrant   
on a C.P.R. packet.


Basil Bunting, “14. Gin the Goodwife Stint” from Complete Poems, edited by Richard Caddel. Reprinted with the permission of Bloodaxe Books Ltd., www.bloodaxebooks.com.

Source: Collected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 1968)

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Poet Basil Bunting 1900–1985

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Gender & Sexuality, Social Commentaries, Money & Economics, Jobs & Working, Activities

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Basil Bunting was born in Scotswood-on-Tyne, Northumberland. Despite numerous years abroad in Italy, the Canary Islands, the United States, and current-day Iran, Bunting is known as a poet of Northern England and is closely associated with Northumberland, where he lived during the last years of his life. Bunting attended a Quaker school and was a conscientious objector during World War I. Arrested for his political views, . . .

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SUBJECT Gender & Sexuality, Social Commentaries, Money & Economics, Jobs & Working, Activities

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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