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The Poetry of the Second World War

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Abstract

Three writers emerged with literary reputations during the Second World War: Keith Douglas, Alun Lewis and Sidney Keyes. Others who wrote well-known poems — among them Henry Reed and F. T. Prince — did not produce the same substantial body of work. Since then, Keyes has faded fast, leaving interest divided between Douglas, polished and theatrical, and Lewis, more anguished and complex.

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Notes

  1. 1.
    Keith Douglas, Complete Poems, ed. Desmond Graham (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979) p. 24. Hereinafter, all references to this edition are included in the text with the citation CP. Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Desmond Graham, Keith Douglas 1920–1944 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1974) p. 105. Hereinafter, all references to this volume are included in the text with the citation KD. Google Scholar
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    See Alamein to Zem Zem, ed. Desmond Graham (Oxford: Oxford University Press, first published 1966). For a critical evaluation of Douglas, see Ted Hughes, ‘The Poetry of Keith Douglas’, Critical Quarterly, Spring 1963, pp. 43–8.Google Scholar
  4. See Alamein to Zem Zem, ed. Desmond Graham (Oxford: Oxford University Press, first published 1966). For a critical evaluation of Douglas, see Ted Hughes, ‘The Poetry of Keith Douglas’, Critical Quarterly, Spring 1963, pp. 43–8.Google Scholar
  5. 4.
    John Pikoulis, Alun Lewis, A Life (Bridgend: Seren, second edition 1991) p. 154.Google Scholar
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    Alun Lewis, Letters to My Wife, ed. Gweno Lewis (Bridgend: Seren, 1989) p. 206.Google Scholar
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    Dylan Thomas, Quite Early One Morning (London: Dent, 1954) p. 151.Google Scholar
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    Alun Lewis, A Miscellany of his Writings, ed. John Pikoulis (Bridgend: Poetry Wales Press, 1982) p. 132ff. Hereinafter AMW. Google Scholar

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