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The Poems and Plays of Isaac Rosenberg : A Critical Edition - Vivien Noakes

The Poems and Plays of Isaac Rosenberg

A Critical Edition

By: Vivien Noakes (Editor)

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This is the first scholarly edition of the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918). 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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`Noakes has had to extend her palaeographic skills to near forensic standards...The result has been a radical reordering.' London Review of Books

Introduction Chronological Summary of Isaac Rosenberg's Life POEMS FRAGMENTS PLAYS: MOSES,THE AMULET and ADAM, THE UNICORN Appendix 1: Contents of Volumes Published by Rosenberg Appendix 2: The Large Black Notebook

ISBN: 9780198187158
ISBN-10: 0198187157
Series: Oxford English Texts
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.1  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.7