Saturday, 15 May 2010

Isaac Rosenberg in Bristol

The events are coming thick and fast. Here, courtesy of the War Poets Association, is another one: 'Isaac Rosenberg and Bristol', a 120th anniversary celebration on Saturday 23 October. Already booked to speak are Vivien Noakes, Jean Moorcroft-Wilson and Bernard Wynick. The day will also include 'an optional walk to the venue past the birthplace of Isaac Rosenberg'.

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  1. It is heartening to read news of the planned Isaac Rosenberg In Bristol Celebration. I first learned of him and his magnificent poetry while researching material for my book, "THE BANTAMS: The Untold Story Of World War One." It features a little-known aspect of Rosenberg's life (and death) as a volunteer infantry soldier who served bravely in front-line trenches on the Western Front.
    Few of his surviving veterans who I interviewed (in the 1970s) were aware of Rosenberg's reputation as a war poet, but remembered him as a comrade, "an untidy, polite, but painfully reserved man." One elderly ex-comrade of Rosenberg told me, "I remember one morning trying to talk with him. I wanted to show friendship because I sensed he thought he was shunned because he was Jewish. Believe me, we didn't think much about a person's background one way or another. In the trenches, all we wanted to know was if you were a reliable comrade or not." And Rosenberg proved his worth to the bitter end.
    -- Sidney Allinson.