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Sidney Keyes in Historical Perspective

Geoffrey Hill

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Sidney Keyes in Historical Perspective

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This chapter examines Sidney Arthur Kilworth Keynes, the author of The Iron Laurel, the posthumously released The Cruel Solstice, the Collected Poems of 1945, and Minos of Crete. Keynes is usually described as a gothic pastoralist, and the present chapter argues that his work presents an agrarian nature of imagery. It takes note of the constant and dramatic voice, and the three types or aspects of reality that are present in Keynes's poems.

Keywords: Sidney Keynes; Iron Laurel; Cruel Solstice; Collected Poems; Minos of Crete; gothic pastoralist; agrarian nature; imagery; dramatic voice; aspects of reality

Article.  10314 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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