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date: 19 November 2019

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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

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