Sidney Arthur Kilworth Keyes (HS 35-40) wrote War Poet in 1942
|22 May 2020|
|History & Politics|
|Sidney Arthur Kilworth Keyes (HS 35-40) |
1922 – 1943
'Sidney Keyes… potentially the finest English poet of the Second World War' — Robert Nye.
I am the man who looked for peace and found
My own eyes barbed.
I am the man who groped for words and found
An arrow in my hand.
I am the builder whose firm walls surround
A slipping land.
When I grow sick or mad
Mock me not nor chain me:
When I reach for the wind
Cast me not down:
Though my face is a burnt book
And a wasted town.
Sidney Keyes – March 1942
Tonbridge School Register 1920-1985:
KEYES, Sidney Arthur Kilworth. 35.3-40.3. H.S.
0.8. R. Keyes, O.T. b. 1922. Sch. Prae. 40; Judd
Exhib.; Hist. Schol. Queen's Coll., Oxf., 40.
War: Q.O.R.W. Kent Regt. 42; Lt. 42. Killed in
Tunisia, 28 Apr. 43. Posthumously awarded the
Hawthornden Prize, 42.
War Poets Association biography of Sidney Keyes:
Keyes' obituary and Peter Carpenter's Tonbridgian article about Sidney can be found in the Digital Archives.
https://www.tonbridgeschoolheritage.co.uk Sidney Keyes, Voices About Him
https://www.tonbridgeschoolheritage.co.uk Sidney Keyes Obituary