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Isaac Rosenberg

(25 November 1890 – 1 April 1918 / Bristol / England)

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Isaac Rosenberg was an English poet of the First World War who was considered to be one of the greatest of all English war poets. His "Poems from the Trenches" are recognised as some of the most outstanding written during the First World War.

Isaac Rosenberg was born to Barnet and Annie Rosenberg, who had fled Devinsk in Lithuania to escape anti-Jewish pogroms. In 1897, the family moved to 47 Cable Street in a poor district of the East End of London, and one with a strong Jewish community. He attended St. Paul's School around the corner in Wellclose Square, until his family (of Russian descent) moved to Stepney in 1900, so he could experience Jewish schooling. He left school at ... more »

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  • ''Iron are our lives
    Molten right through our youth.
    A burnt space through ripe fields
    A fair mouth's broken tooth.''
    Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), British poet. August 1914 (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (197...
  • ''Poppies whose roots are in man's veins
    Drop, and are ever dropping;
    But mine in my ear is safe,
    Just a little white with the dust.''
    Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), British poet. Break of Day in the Trenches (l. 23-26). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. F...
  • ''Bonds to the whims of murder,
    Sprawled in the bowels of the earth,
    The torn fields of France.''
    Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), British poet. Break of Day in the Trenches (l. 16-18). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. F...
  • ''When the swift iron burning bee
    Drained the wild honey of their youth.''
    Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), British poet. Dead Man's Dump (l. 30-31). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford Univ...
  • ''The grass and coloured clay
    More motion have than they,
    Joined to the great sunk silences.''
    Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918), British poet. Dead Man's Dump (l. 66-68). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford Univ...
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