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Selected Poems and Letters by Isaac Rosenberg
  

Selected Poems and Letters

Poetry   World War One Literature   

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Isaac Rosenberg's poems, such as Dead Man's Dump and Break of Day in the Trenches , have been included in every significant war anthology and have earned him a place in Poets' Corner. This title presents a selection of his finest poems and most revealing letters, providing also an introduction and a detailed chronology.

For further reading on Isaac Rosenberg then try Geoff Akers' Beating for Light, a convincing and impressive fictional account using known facts, to portray the life of Isaac Rosenberg.


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Selected Poems and Letters by Isaac Rosenberg

'Death could drop from the dark as easily as song - But song only dropped, Like a blind man's dreams on the sand, By dangerous tides, Like a girl's dark hair for she dreams no ruin lies there, Or her kisses where a serpent hides' - from Returning, We Hear the Larks' Selected Poems & Letters . Isaac Rosenberg's poems, such as Dead Man's Dump and Break of Day in the Trenches , have been included in every significant war anthology and have earned him a place in Poets' Corner.He studied at the Slade School of Art at the same time as Stanley Spencer and Mark Gertler, showing great promise as a painter. His poverty, education and background made him an outsider, yet it was just that experience which equipped him to cope with the horror of war in the trenches: 'I am determined that this war, with all its powers for devastation, shall not master my poeting.' Inexplicably for such a major figure, Rosenberg's work has been out of print for many years. In this Selected Poems and Letters , his biographer Jean Liddiard has made a substantial selection of his finest poems and most revealing letters, providing also an authoritative introduction and a detailed chronology.

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A SINGLE poppy from the blood red sea that covered the moat of the Tower of London in celebration of the dead of the First World War who sacrificed their lives will be heading out of London and across the Channel after New Year. Gerald Isaaman, Camden Review


About the Author

Isaac RosenbergIsaac Rosenberg was born in Bristol in 1890 to Jewish immigrant parents from Lithuania. His family moved to the East End of London in 1897, and after a rudimentary education Rosenberg at 14 was apprenticed to an engraver. Wealthy patrons enabled him to study at the Slade School of Art (1911-14) and for nine months in 1914-15 he lived in South Africa. The only poems to be collected in his lifetime were self-published in a pamphlet form - Night and Day (1912), Youth (1915) and Moses (1916). Enlisting in the Army in October 1915 he served on the Western Front until his death on night patrol on 1 April 1918.

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Book Info

Publication date

20th October 2003

Author

Isaac Rosenberg

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Publisher

Enitharmon Press

Format

Hardback
208 pages

Categories

Poetry
World War One Literature

Poetry by individual poets

ISBN

9781900564892

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