Keith Douglas

(January 24, 1920 – June 9, 1944 / Tunbridge Wells, Kent)

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  • Rookie - 3 Points Allan Lindsay (7/27/2013 2:19:00 PM)

    Simply a great poet - who should be greater read

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  • Rookie Dick Bird (5/12/2008 9:13:00 PM)

    A very underrated poet, a tragedy enough he should die so young after a not particularly happy early life compounded by the fact that his work is overlooked. His awareness of the humanity of the enemy sets apart from even Owen; his victims are real men with mothers and girlfriends. His poems are technically innovative and his images persist.

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Three weeks gone and the combatants gone
returning over the nightmare ground
we found the place again, and found
the soldier sprawling in the sun.

The frowning barrel of his gun
overshadowing. As we came on
that day, he hit my tank with one
like the entry of a demon.

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