The Poems and Plays of Isaac Rosenberg: A Critical Edition

Hardcover | August 26, 2004

EditorVivien Noakes

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This is the first scholarly edition of the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg. Although he is generally described as a First World War poet, this edition also highlights his pre-war achievement as a writer of powerful individual work. Drawing on a detailed analysis of manuscript sources, it offersunrivalled insight into the process of his poetic thought. His numerous drafts have been transcribed in full or given as textual variants so that, for the first time, the reader is able to follow the extraordinary way in which he built up his poems by composing individual lines which he thenassembled into the finished work: 'that is the only way I can write, in scraps, and then join them together - I have the one idea in mind' he wrote in 1914. Extensive cross-referencing, in particular with the plays, throws light on his re-use of poetic images and ideas; his methods, and the frequenthardships under which he worked, are further illuminated by a detailed description of many of the manuscripts. The mis-reading of some texts, and errors in dating, in earlier editions have been rectified, while a detailed chronological summary offers biographical information. The introduction andcommentary examine textual matters, dating and ordering; people, places, and historical and biographical context; and the way in which, especially while working in isolation as a private soldier in France, he was able to share critical ideas and thoughts on individual poems with his peers.

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This is the first scholarly edition of the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg. Although he is generally described as a First World War poet, this edition also highlights his pre-war achievement as a writer of powerful individual work. Drawing on a detailed analysis of manuscript sources, it offersunrivalled insight into the process of his poeti...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:476 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.05 inPublished:August 26, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198187157

ISBN - 13:9780198187158

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChronological Summary of Isaac Rosenberg's LifePOEMSFRAGMENTSPLAYS: MOSES,THE AMULET and ADAM, THE UNICORNAppendix 1: Contents of Volumes Published by RosenbergAppendix 2: The Large Black Notebook

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`Noakes has had to extend her palaeographic skills to near forensic standards...The result has been a radical reordering.'London Review of Books