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Keith Douglas

(1920—1944) poet


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(1920–44),

poet. He was killed in Normandy, and inevitably is remembered largely as a war poet, whose descriptions of wartime Cairo and desert fighting and whose contemplations of death show a rapidly maturing energy and simplicity of diction. His Selected Poems (1943) was the only volume published in his lifetime; Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is a vivid experimental narrative of desert warfare; his Collected Poems appeared in 1951. A selection with an introduction by Ted Hughes appeared in 1964 and the Complete Poems in 1979.

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