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The War Remains of Keith Douglas and Ted Hughes

Cornelia D. J. Pearsall

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/9780199559602.013.0028

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 The War Remains of Keith Douglas and Ted Hughes

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This chapter studies Keith Douglas and Ted Hughes, two men who represent the human survivors of the European wars, examining Hughes's search for European war ‘survivors’ and how his poetry regularly returns to his father's military service. It notes that Douglas's poetry appealed to Hughes, examining some letters exchanged by the two poets, and then studies Douglas's skeletal poetics, or poetry which lacks superfluous flesh, and his poems that reflect his distinctive form of lineation.

Keywords: Keith Douglas; Ted Hughes; human survivors; European wars; military service; skeletal poetics; form of lineation

Article.  8717 words. 

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

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