EAST END OF LONDON PHOTO GALLERY & COMMENTARY
London's East End Synagogues, cemeteries and more......
My personal journey through the Jewish East End of London
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1890 - 1818, has a plaque to his memory on the wall of the
Whitechapel Art Gallery
(formerly the Whitechapel Library, known as the University of
the Ghetto), next to an exit of Aldgate East tube station.
Isaac Rosenberg was both an artist and a writer whose life was
cut short on the Western Front in 1918. He was the only
private soldier poet of World War One. His most celebrated
poems are probably 'Dead Man's Dump' and 'Break of Day in the
Trenches'. My favourite is 'Through these Pale Cold Days'.
Rosenberg wrote this in 1918 shortly being blown to bits on a
night patrol. His poem speaks of a yearning for other
times and other places. It speaks to us still.
Through these Pale Cold Days
Through these pale cold days
Out of three thousand years,
And their wild eyes yearn,
While underneath their brows
Like waifs their spirits grope
For the pools of Hebron again—
For Lebanon's summer slope.
They leave these blond still days
In dust behind their tread
They see with living eyes
How long they have been dead.
Isaac Rosenberg plaque on the
wall of Whitechapel Public Library - now the Whitechapel Art
Gallery. The library was known as the University of
the Ghetto. Rosenberg and fellow East End Artists and
poets played and studied there and in their day were
referred to as 'The Whitechapel Boys'.
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