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‘For Isaac Rosenberg’: Geoffrey Hill, Michael Longley, Cathal Ó Searcaigh

Tara Christie

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0029

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 ‘For Isaac Rosenberg’: Geoffrey Hill, Michael Longley, Cathal Ó Searcaigh

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This chapter discusses three poems that are entitled ‘For Isaac Rosenberg’ and written by three modern poets, considering them as a representation of the obscured but lasting heritage of modern poets reading and writing about Rosenberg in ways which reveal new and refreshing points of entry into his work. It identifies the similarities and differences between the three poems and shows that Rosenberg serves as an important figure for modern Irish and British poets who are attempting to write about a troubled world left by the two World Wars and the Northern Irish troubles.

Keywords: modern poets; Isaac Rosenberg; points of entry; British poets; troubled world; World Wars; Northern Irish troubles; For Isaac Rosenberg

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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