Poems by Isaac Rosenberg


This collection of poems by Isaac Rosenberg was edited by his friend Laurence Binyon and published in 1922. It brings together many of Rosenberg’s early pre-war poems as well as the poems for which he is most well-known such as ‘On Receiving News of the War’, ‘Daughters of War’, and ‘Break of Day in the Trenches’.

Rosenberg’s war poems, inspired by his experiences at the Western Front, are written in an uncompromisingly realistic language. As a young man, Rosenberg was undecided whether to pursue a career as a painter or poet. The war made the decision for him, with painting being an unrealistic activity in the trenches. He wrote constantly while in France on any scrap of paper he could find, posting these to his sister Annie for typing.

Rosenberg was killed in action on 1 April 1918.

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Poems ... Selected and edited by Gordon Bottomley. With an introductory memoir by Laurence Binyon [and a portrait].
1922, London
William Heinemann
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Isaac Rosenberg, Laurence Binyon
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