The Poems and Plays of Isaac Rosenberg
A Critical Edition
Edited by Vivien Noakes
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Poems and Plays of Isaac Rosenberg by Vivien Noakes
Book DescriptionThis 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 offers unrivalled 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 then assembled into the finished work: 'that is the only way I can write, in scraps, & 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 frequent hardships 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 and commentary 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198187158
(219mm x 141mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Vivien Noakes
Isaac Rosenberg, Paperback (February 2012)
This volume, part of the 21st-Century Oxford Authors series, presents all of Isaac Rosenberg's surviving writings - poetry, plays, prose works, and letters - with an introduction and commentary addressed to the student and general reader. There are also examples of Rosenberg's paintings and drawings.
Voices of Silence, Paperback (October 2006)
The poetry of the First World War has determined our perception of the war itself. This volume features poetry drawn from old newspapers and journals, trench and hospital magazines, individual volumes of verse, gift books, postcards, and a manuscript magazine put together by conscientious objectors.
Complete Nonsense and Other Verse, Paperback (September 2006)» View all books by Vivien Noakes
'Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils', wrote Edward Lear (1812-88), and this collection demonstrates the varied ways in which he pursued his philosophy of life. Gently pointing out human follies and the absurdities of the conventional Victorian society in which he lived, Lear's nonsense has enchanted children and adults alike for generations.
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