Isaac Rosenberg

1890–1918
Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg was born in England to a Jewish family and later, he was trained at the Slade School of Art. During his training, he started writing poetry and gained a reputation among London’s literary establishment. His career was cut tragically short when he was killed while fighting in World War I. His poetry shows an innovative approach to imagery, rhythm, and dramatic effects, and reveals the promise of a great poet. In his poem “Break of Day in the Trenches,” he uses intensely direct language to involve the reader with the physical realities of war.

What People are Saying

"I actually enjoy poetry! When I started participating in the Poetry Out Loud competition in the 9th grade I hated poetry, but as I continued to participate over the years I grew a love and appreciation for the art form, and poetry is now a part of my identity."
Irvin Mason, Jr.
2016 USVI POL Champion