Keith Douglas - Battlefield poet - 1920-1944

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  1. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Captain Keith Douglas (SRY)


    A name I have often heard mentioned and whose poetry I have often heard, was on "Something Understood" this morning on BBC radio 4 (around 9.30mins in - "Canoe" an early poem - written in May 1940 whilst in University at Oxford):

    And also there is this great TV documentary from the BBC made in 2010 (posted here on youtube):

    As well as talking about his early life and his time with the SRY in the desert, there is a fair bit about the Normandy invasion and the fighting around Pt.102, Tilly and St.Pierre.

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  2. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Clive James reads a poem that makes him cry - Canoe by Keith Douglas (9th Feb 2014):
  3. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    Another great reading of one of Keith Douglas's poems I recently saw on youtube:

    "How To Kill" by Keith Douglas: Read by Noel Clarke | (Oddly titled??? Remembering World War 1)*

    * This was written in 1943, during WW2, so I'm not quite sure why Channel 4 put this in a section titled thus:

    Published on Nov 7, 2013
    Remembering World War 1
    Some of Britain's finest actors read poetry from World War I

    Unless Keith Douglas actually wrote it himself in 1943 harking back to prior events in WW1 - in which his father "Capt. Keith Sholto Douglas" won an MC -

    I don't think so though:
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron




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    2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry attd. Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Royal Armoured Corps

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    Son of Keith Sholto Douglas and Marie Josephine Douglas, of Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. A noted War Poet. Exhibitioner of Merton College, Oxford, where he was a student of Edmund Blunden.
  5. karlmcd

    karlmcd Junior Member

    more pictures of the poet

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  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Best poet of the war, and possibly both wars by my reckoning.
    His collected letters quite readable too.
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  7. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

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