Keith Douglas

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Douglas described his poetic style as 'extrospective'; that is, he focused on external impressions rather than inner emotions. The result is a poetry which, according to his detractors, can be callous in the midst of war's atrocities. For others, Douglas's work is powerful and unsettling because its exact descriptions eschew egotism and s ...
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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.
How To Kill
Under the parabola of a ball,
a child turning into a man,
I looked into the air too long.
The ball fell in my hand, it sang
The Knife
Can I explain this to you? Your eyes
are entrances the mouths of caves
I issue from wonderful interiors
upon a blessed sea and a fine day,
Villanelle Of Spring Bells
Bells in the town alight with spring
converse, with a concordance of new airs
make clear the fresh and ancient sound they sing.
Cairo Jag
Shall I get drunk or cut myself a piece of cake,
a pasty Syrian with a few words of English
or the Turk who says she is a princess--she dances
apparently by levitation? Or Marcelle, Parisienne


tyrone 20 January 2020
who else is doing this for school :)
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Mike Houlding 15 September 2019
Keith Douglas typifies to me the warrior poet. His eagerness to fight in a cause he believed in, his lack of self pity and - in the Canoe, which I think is his finest poem - his premonition of death elevates him to tragic mastery.
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Pasang 14 March 2019
Nice I love it All thing about
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hugo lessing 12 February 2019
mans said i is the biggest nitty ever and i eat sandwiches with nothing in them because i find that funny
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Sean Macken 19 October 2015
Eloquent, Moving. Like Donne at times
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Terry Craddock 30 April 2015
Superb touch, an exceptionally gifted and underrated poet.
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Allan Lindsay 27 July 2013
Simply a great poet - who should be greater read
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Dick Bird 12 May 2008
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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