Mainly remembered as a World War II poet who died in Normandy three days after D-day, Keith Douglas demonstrated a rapidly maturing energy and simplicity of diction through his descriptions of war-time Cairo and contemplations of death. The only complete collection of his poetry available, this volume contains 105 poems with a section of notes that provides the source, place of first publication, and a record of substantial variations from other versions for each poem.
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Keith Douglas, a poet who died during World War II at the age of 24, published only one volume of poetry in his lifetime, Selected Poems (1943). Several other volumes of his poetry have been published posthumously, including Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) and Collected Poems (1951).
Desmond Graham is a well-known critic.
Ted Hughes is Poet Laureate of Britain.
'With this book we are in the presence of greatness. There is in his work a spaciousness, clarity and depth along with a wide variety of moods, themes, forms and rhythms. He can handle the delicate lyric as satisfyingly and as powerfully as a luminous vers libre. An important book of
The Daily Telegraph. Oct '94
`a body of work which has few rivals ... His poems are tense, sometimes breathless examinations of life at the very edge ... A powerful collection.'
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