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Rosenberg, Isaac. "Break of Day in the Trenches".

Summary and Analysis

- the author was also a painter: a series of strikingly beautiful yet profoundly melancholic visual images ("Poppies whose roots are in man's veins", etc.)

- the speaker briefly establishes the setting (morning in the trenches in France), is interrupted by "a queer sardonic rat" leaping on his hand, and succumbs into a series of musings about the position of the rat versus the position of the man in war

- the rat seems to "inwardly grin" at the speaker who addresses it and considers that it can remain indifferent to nationalities (touches the English hand as it would touch a German one), can cross the battle lines, and is more apt for survival than man

- the speaker's sad jealousy x his concluding temporary satisfaction about his having a poppy safely stuck behind his ear (the same poppy compared to man's blood in preceding lines)


  • Author

    Rosenberg, Isaac. (1890 - 1918).
  • Full Title

    "Break of Day in the Trenches".
  • Form


Works Cited

Rosenberg, Isaac. "Break of Day in the Trenches". The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed. M. H. Abrams. NY: Norton, 1993. 


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