Keyes Poem

Scope and Content

Manuscript poem entitled 'Ulster soldier', dated 13 April 1942 at Omagh.

Administrative / Biographical History

Keyes was born in Dartford in 1922, the son of an army officer. He was brought up largely by his grandfather and was educated at Dartford Grammar School, Tonbridge School and at Oxford University. He began to write poetry whilst at school, and at Oxford became friendly with the poet John Heath-Stubbs. He joined the army in 1942 as a lieutenant in the West Kent Regiment. He was killed in action in Tunisia during a raid on 19th April 1943. He was awarded the Hawthornden Prize posthumously in 1944.

Publications: Co-editor with Michael Meyer, 'Eight Oxford Poets' (1941) which contains some of his own work; 'The Iron Laurel' (1942); 'The Cruel Solstice' (1943); 'Collected Poems' (1945) with a Memoir by Michael Meyer.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by Alex Comfort in 1963.

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