Isaac Rosenberg
August 1914 by Isaac Rosenberg

August 1914 by Isaac Rosenberg

What in our lives is burntIn the fire of this?The heart’s dear granary?The much we shall miss?Three lives hath one life –Iron, honey, gold.The gold, the honey gone –Left is the ...

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From Night And Day by Isaac Rosenberg

From Night And Day by Isaac Rosenberg

IN THE WORKSHOPDim watery lights gleaming on gibbering faces,Faces speechful, barren of soul and sordid,Huddled and chewing a jest, lewd and gabbledinsidious:Laughter, born of its ...

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Spring by Isaac Rosenberg

Spring by Isaac Rosenberg

I walk and wonderTo hear the birds sing,Without you my ladyHow can there be Spring?I see the pink blossomsThat slept for a year;But who could have woke them,While you were not ...

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On Receiving News Of The War by Isaac Rosenberg

On Receiving News Of The War by Isaac Rosenberg

Snow is a strange white word.No ice or frostHas asked of bud or birdFor Winter's cost.Yet ice and frost and snowFrom earth to skyThis Summer land doth know.No man knows why.In all ...

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Returning, We Hear The Larks by Isaac Rosenberg

Returning, We Hear The Larks by Isaac Rosenberg

Sombre the night is. And though we have our lives, we know What sinister threat lies there. Dragging these anguished limbs, we only know This poison-blasted track opens on our ...

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At Night by Isaac Rosenberg

At Night by Isaac Rosenberg

Crazed shadows, from no golden bodyThat I can see, embrace me warm ;All is purple and closedRound by night's arm.A brilliance wings from dark-lit voices,Wild lost voices of ...

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Through These Pale Cold Days by Isaac Rosenberg

Through These Pale Cold Days by Isaac Rosenberg

Through these pale cold daysWhat dark faces burnOut of three thousand years,And their wild eyes yearn,While underneath their browsLike waifs their spirits gropeFor the pools of ...

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Break Of Day In The Trenches by Isaac Rosenberg

Break Of Day In The Trenches by Isaac Rosenberg

The darkness crumbles away It is the same old druid Time as ever, Only a live thing leaps my hand, A queer sardonic rat, As I pull the parapet's poppyTo stick behind my ear. Droll ...

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In The Trenches by Isaac Rosenberg

In The Trenches by Isaac Rosenberg

I snatched two poppies From the parapet’s ledge, Two bright red poppies That winked on the ledge. Behind my ear I stuck one through, One blood red poppy I gave to you. The ...

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The Troop Ship by Isaac Rosenberg

The Troop Ship by Isaac Rosenberg

Grotesque and queerly huddledContortionists to twistThe sleepy soul to a sleep,We lie all sorts of waysAnd cannot sleep.The wet wind is so cold,And the lurching men so ...

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The Jew by Isaac Rosenberg

The Jew by Isaac Rosenberg

Moses, from whose loins I sprung,Lit by a lamp in his bloodTen immutable rules, a moonFor mutable lampless men.The blonde, the bronze, the ruddy,With the same heaving blood,Keep ...

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God by Isaac Rosenberg

God by Isaac Rosenberg

In his malodorous brain what slugs and mire,Lanthorned in his oblique eyes, guttering burned!His body lodged a rat where men nursed souls.The world flashed grape-green eyes of a ...

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‘a Worm Fed On The Heart Of Corinth’ by Isaac Rosenberg

‘a Worm Fed On The Heart Of Corinth’ by Isaac Rosenberg

A worm fed on the heart of Corinth,Babylon and Rome:Not Paris raped tall Helen,But this incestuous worm,Who lured her vivid beautyTo his amorphous sleep.England! Famous as HelenIs ...

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The Immortals by Isaac Rosenberg

The Immortals by Isaac Rosenberg

I killed them, but they would not die. Yea! all the day and all the night For them I could not rest or sleep, Nor guard from them nor hide in flight. Then in my agony I turned And ...

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Chagrin by Isaac Rosenberg

Chagrin by Isaac Rosenberg

Caught still as Absalom,Surely the air hangsFrom the swayless cloud-boughsLike hair of AbsalomCaught and hanging still.From the imagined weightOf spaces in a skyOf mute chagrin my ...

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The Destruction Of Jerusalem By The Babylonian Hordes by Isaac Rosenberg

The Destruction Of Jerusalem By The Babylonian Hordes by Isaac Rosenberg

They left their Babylon bareOf all its tall men,Of all its proud horses ;They made for Lebanon.And shadowy sowers wentBefore their spears to sowThe fruit whose taste is ash,For ...

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A Question by Isaac Rosenberg

A Question by Isaac Rosenberg

What if you shut your eyes and look,Yea, look with all the spirit's eyes,While mystic unrevealed skiesUnfold like pages of a bookWherein new scenes of wonder rareAre imaged, till ...

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Girl To A Soldier On Leave by Isaac Rosenberg

Girl To A Soldier On Leave by Isaac Rosenberg

Girl To A Soldier On LeaveLove! You love me — your eyesHave looked through death at mine.You have tempted a grave too muchI let you — I repine.I love you - Titan lover,My own ...

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Zion by Isaac Rosenberg

Zion by Isaac Rosenberg

She stood-a hill-ensceptred Queen,The glory streaming from her ;While Heaven flashed her rays between,And shed eternal summer.The gates of morning opened wideOn sunny dome and ...

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Dead Man’s Dump by Isaac Rosenberg

Dead Man’s Dump by Isaac Rosenberg

The plunging limbers over the shattered trackRacketed with their rusty freight,Stuck out like many crowns of thorns,And the rusty stakes like sceptres oldTo stay the flood of ...

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Creation by Isaac Rosenberg

Creation by Isaac Rosenberg

As the pregnant womb of nightThrills with imprisoned light,Misty, nebulous-born,Growing deeper into her morn,So man, with no sudden stride,Bloomed into pride.In the womb of the ...

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Of Any Old Man by Isaac Rosenberg

Of Any Old Man by Isaac Rosenberg

Wreck not the ageing heart of quietness,With alien uproar and rude jolly cries,Which satyr like to a mild maidens pride,Ripens not wisdom, but a large recoil,Give them their ...

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Ah, Koelue by Isaac Rosenberg

Ah, Koelue by Isaac Rosenberg

Ah, Koelue! Had you embalmed your beauty, so It could not backward go, Or change in any way, What were the use, if on my eyes The embalming spices were not laid To keep us fixed, ...

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The Blind God by Isaac Rosenberg

The Blind God by Isaac Rosenberg

Streaked with immortal blasphemies,Betwixt His twin eternitiesThe Shaper of mortal destiniesSits in that limbo of dreamless sleep,Some nothing that hath shadows deep.The world is ...

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Beauty by Isaac Rosenberg

Beauty by Isaac Rosenberg

As a sword in the sunA glory calling a gloryOur eyes, seeing it run,Capture its gleam for our story.Singer, marvellous gleamDancing in splendid light,Here you have brought us our ...

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Soldier: Twentieth Century by Isaac Rosenberg

Soldier: Twentieth Century by Isaac Rosenberg

I love you, great new Titan!Am I not you?Napoleon or CaesarOut of you grew.Out of the unthinkable torture,Eyes kissed by death,Won back to the world again,Lost and won in a ...

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The Dying Soldier by Isaac Rosenberg

The Dying Soldier by Isaac Rosenberg

' Here are houses,' he moaned,'I could reach, but my brain swims.'Then they thundered and flashed,And shook the earth to its rims.'They are gunpits,' he gasped,'Our men are at the ...

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Marching (As Seen From The Left File) by Isaac Rosenberg

Marching (As Seen From The Left File) by Isaac Rosenberg

My eyes catch ruddy necksSturdily pressed back -All a red brick moving glint.Like flaming pendulums, handsSwing across the khaki -Mustard-coloured khaki -To the automatic feet.We ...

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If You Are Fire by Isaac Rosenberg

If You Are Fire by Isaac Rosenberg

If you are fire and I am fire,Who blows the flame apartSo that desire eludes desireAround one central heart ?A single root and separate bough,And what blind hands betweenThat make ...

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Louse Hunting by Isaac Rosenberg

Louse Hunting by Isaac Rosenberg

Nudes -- stark and glistening,Yelling in lurid glee. Grinning facesAnd raging limbsWhirl over the floor one fire.For a shirt verminously busyYon soldier tore from his throat, with ...

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Spring, 1916 by Isaac Rosenberg

Spring, 1916 by Isaac Rosenberg

Slow, rigid, is this masqueradeThat passes as through a difficult air :Heavily-heavily passes.What has she fed on ? Who her table laidThrough the three seasons ? What forbidden ...

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A Careless Heart by Isaac Rosenberg

A Careless Heart by Isaac Rosenberg

A little breath can make a prayer,A little wind can take itAnd turn it back again to air:Then say, why should you make it ?An ardent thought can make a word,A little ear can hear ...

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The Burning Of The Temple by Isaac Rosenberg

The Burning Of The Temple by Isaac Rosenberg

Fierce wrath of Solomon,Where sleepest thou ?0 see, The fabric which thou wonEarth and ocean to give thee-0 look at the red skies.Or hath the sun plunged down ?What is this molten ...

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Hearts First Word. I. by Isaac Rosenberg

Hearts First Word. I. by Isaac Rosenberg

To sweeten a swift minute soWith such rare fragrance of sweet speech,And make the after hours goIn a blank yearning each on each ;To drain the springs till they be dry,And then in ...

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Wedded by Isaac Rosenberg

Wedded by Isaac Rosenberg

They leave their love-lorn haunts,Their sigh-warm floating Eden; And they are mute at once,Mortals by God unheeden,By their past kisses chidden.But they have kist and knownClear ...

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A Ballad Of Whitechapel by Isaac Rosenberg

A Ballad Of Whitechapel by Isaac Rosenberg

God's mercy shines ;And our full hearts must make record of this,For grief that burst from out its dark confinesInto strange sunlit bliss.I stood where glowedThe merry glare of ...

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Expression by Isaac Rosenberg

Expression by Isaac Rosenberg

Call-call--and bruise the air :Shatter dumb space!Yea! We will ding this passion everywhere ;Leaving no placeFor the superb and graveMagnificent throng,The pregnant queens of ...

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In War by Isaac Rosenberg

In War by Isaac Rosenberg

Fret the nonchalant noonWith your spleenOr your gay brow,For the motion of your spiritEver moves with these.When day shall be too quiet,Deaf to youAnd your dumb smile,Untuned air ...

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Home-Thoughts From France by Isaac Rosenberg

Home-Thoughts From France by Isaac Rosenberg

Wan, fragile faces of joy,Pitiful mouths that striveTo light with smiles the placeWe dream we walk alive,To you I stretch my hands,Hands shut in pitiless tranceIn a land of ruin ...

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Dawn by Isaac Rosenberg

Dawn by Isaac Rosenberg

O tender first cold flush of rose,O budded dawn, wake dreamily ;Your dim lips as your lids uncloseMurmur your own sad threnody.0 as the soft and frail lights breakUpon your ...

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Killed In Action by Isaac Rosenberg

Killed In Action by Isaac Rosenberg

Your ' Youth ' has fallen from its shelf,And you have fallen, you yourself.They knocked a soldier on the head,I mourn the poet who fell dead.And yet I think it was by chance,By ...

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Far Away by Isaac Rosenberg

Far Away by Isaac Rosenberg

By what pale light or moon-pale shoreDrifts my soul in lonely flight ?Regions God had floated o'erEre He touched the world with light ?Not in Heaven and not in earthIs this water, ...

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Daughters Of War by Isaac Rosenberg

Daughters Of War by Isaac Rosenberg

Space beats the ruddy freedom of their limbs,Their naked dances with man's spirit nakedBy the root side of the tree of life(The under side of thingsAnd shut from earth's ...

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Song by Isaac Rosenberg

Song by Isaac Rosenberg

A silver rose to showIs your sweet face;And like the heavens' white brow,Sometime God's battle-place,Your blood is quiet now.Your body is a starUnto my thought ;But stars are not ...

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In The Underworld by Isaac Rosenberg

In The Underworld by Isaac Rosenberg

I have lived in the underworld so long:How can you, a creature of light,Without terror understand the songAnd unmoved hear what moves in night? I am a spirit that yours has ...

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In Piccadi by Isaac Rosenberg

In Piccadi by Isaac Rosenberg

Lamp-lit faces, to youWhat is your starry dew ?Gold flowers of the night blue !Deep in wet pavement's slimeMud-rooted is your fierce prime,To bloom in lust's coloured clime.The ...

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Sleep by Isaac Rosenberg

Sleep by Isaac Rosenberg

Godhead's lip hangsWhen our pulses have no golden tremors,And his whips are flicked by miceAnd all star-amorous things.Drops, drops of shivering quietFilter under my lids.Now only ...

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A Girls Thoughts by Isaac Rosenberg

A Girls Thoughts by Isaac Rosenberg

Dim apprehension of a trustComes over me this quiet hour,As though the silence were a flower,And this, its perfume, dark like dust.My individual self would clingThrough fear, ...

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The Female God by Isaac Rosenberg

The Female God by Isaac Rosenberg

We curl into your eyes-They drink our files and have never drained :In the fierce forest of your hairOur desires beat blindly for their treasure.In your eyes' subtle pit,Far down, ...

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A Mood by Isaac Rosenberg

A Mood by Isaac Rosenberg

You are so light and gay,So slight, sweet maid-Your limbs like leaves in play,Or beams that grasses braid :O ! Joys whose jewels prayMy breast to be inlaid.Frail fairy of the ...

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