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Modern English War Poetry$
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Tim Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562022.001.0001

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Self-Elegy: Keith Douglas and Sidney Keyes

Self-Elegy: Keith Douglas and Sidney Keyes

(p.167) 9 Self-Elegy: Keith Douglas and Sidney Keyes
Modern English War Poetry

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This chapter explores self-elegy in the war poetry of Keith Douglas and Sidney Keys. The poems which Keyes is believed to have been composing during his fortnight of active service were not recovered after his death, so all his work precedes experience of battle. That circumstance points to a fundamental distinction. Douglas not only has experiences worth writing of, but the opportunity to write of them; Keyes writes a war poetry of anticipation, coming to terms with the future by ranging over past conflicts. Whereas Douglas records extrospectively and retrospectively, Keyes wrestles with the fears of his imagination; and whereas Douglas speaks with the assurance of the first person empirical voice, Keyes makes use of multifarious voices from the battlefields of history. But in other ways, to read one is to be reminded of the other — both Douglas and Keyes share a vision of impending death.

Keywords:   war poets, Keith Douglas, Sidney Keys, self-elegy, death

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