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Poems by Isaac Rosenberg


INTRODUCTORY MEMOIR To Miss Seaton (March 8, 1918). " I do not feel that I have much to say, but I do know that unless I write now it will be a long time before you hear from me again, without something exceptional happens. It is not very cold now, but I dread the wet weather, which is keeping off while we are out, and, I fear, saving itself up for us. We will become like mummies —look warm and lifelike, but a touch and we crumble to pieces. Did I send you a little poem, ' The Burning of the Temple '? I thought it was poor, or rather, difficult in expression, but G. Bottomley thinks it fine. Was it clear to you ? If I am lucky, and come off undamaged, I mean to put all my innermost experiences into the 'Unicorn.' 1 I want it to symbolize the war and all the devastating forces let loose by an ambitious and unscrupulous will. Last summer I wrote pieces for it and had the whole of it planned out, but since then I've had no chance of working on it and it may have gone quite out of my mind." To Edward Marsh (dated March 28, 1918). " I think I wrote you I was about to go up the line again after our little rest. We are now in 49 d

POEMS BY ISAAC ROSENBERG the trenches again, and though I feel very sleepy, I just have a chance to answer your letter, so I will while I may. It's really my being lucky enough to bag an inch of candle that incites me to this pitch of punctual epistolary. I must measure my letter by the light. . . . ,1 The date of the postmark on this letter is April 2, when the writer was already dead. LAURENCE B1NYON. 50