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Beating for Light: The Story of Isaac Rosenberg
Beating for Light: The Story of Isaac Rosenberg
by Geoff Akers
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.05

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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Moving, 22 Jan 2006
I really enjoyed this book. I knew nothing of Rosenberg or his poetry and it is a great intro to both. It is a blend of fact and fiction and each chapter is prefaced by the poet's own work. His short life is really vividly recreated and I liked the insight I got into what life was like for a struggling family in WW1. I also liked the detail about the poet's contacts with other poets of the period. The author made me empathise strongly with Rosenberg and the description of his death and other war scenes was very moving. Also, despite the fact that this is a story of someone who had a pretty miserable life, I was left with a real sense of wonder and optimism about the strength and tenacity of his creative spirit.

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