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“Vergissmeinnicht,” by Keith Douglas

November 11, 2010

For Veterans Day.  Forget me not.

Keith Douglas is one of the best poets of World War 2, in which he was killed in 1944.  I had never heard of him, though, until a few years ago when I attended a talk about him and reading of his poems by Welsh poet Owen Sheers.  For me, he was a revelation, this man with a bullet’s eye view of war.

Later today, BBC Four TV is airing a documentary about Douglas’s life, presented by Sheers. Click here to watch, when it becomes available online.  In the mean time, here’s an article Sheers wrote about Douglas for the Guardian in 2005 that contains much of what was in his talk.

“Vergissmeinnicht” is in Keith Douglas’s collection, Simplify Me When I’m Dead (Faber & Faber, 2010).

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jana Bouma permalink
    November 12, 2010 12:51 am

    Karsten-Thanks for introducing this marvelous poem.

  2. November 12, 2010 1:34 pm

    Sure thing, Jana. I hope you stop by again–I put a few poems up every week! KP

  3. Peter permalink
    November 13, 2010 7:34 am

    This reminds me very much of “Dulce et Decorum est” by Wilfred Owen.

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