Complete Poems by Keith Castellain Douglas, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Complete Poems

Complete Poems

by Keith Castellain Douglas
     
 
With a Preface by Desmond Graham and an Introduction by Ted Hughes.

The complete poems of perhaps the most brilliant poet of World War II, who was killed in battle in Normandy.

Actors waiting in the wings of Europe
we already watch the lights on the stage
and listen to the colossal overture begin.
For us entering at the height of the

Overview

With a Preface by Desmond Graham and an Introduction by Ted Hughes.

The complete poems of perhaps the most brilliant poet of World War II, who was killed in battle in Normandy.

Actors waiting in the wings of Europe
we already watch the lights on the stage
and listen to the colossal overture begin.
For us entering at the height of the din
it will be hard to hear our thoughts, hard to gauge
how much our conduct owes to fear or fury.
--from "Actors Waiting in the Wings of Europe"

This is the definitive edition of the complete poems of Keith Douglas, who is now recognized as the poet who conveyed the horror of World War II as powerfully as Owen and Sassoon conveyed the terror of World War I. Killed in battle in France at the age of twenty-four, Douglas concerned himself in his early poems with the wonder and pain of love, while his later poems are focused on the misery and brutality of war and death. More than fifty years after his death, his poems still convey a rare immediacy and youthful power, marked--as Desmond Graham writes in his Preface--by a "seemingly effortless lucidity and command."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192118769
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1978
Pages:
145

Meet the Author


Keith Douglas, a poet who died during World War II at the age of 24, published only one volume of poetry in his lifetime, Selected Poems (1943). Several other volumes of his poetry have been published posthumously, including Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) and Collected Poems (1951).
Desmond Graham is a well-known critic.
Ted Hughes is Poet Laureate of Britain.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >