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Nobody Told Me to Oil My Boots

BBC Radio 4's Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra revisits the BBC's radio poetry archive and chooses the work of Isaac Rosenburg.

Sir Antony Sher tells the story of the First World War poet, whose reputation has been overshadowed by many of his better-known contemporaries - but was described by one of them, Siegfried Sassoon, as a genius.

He enlisted as a private to escape the poverty of London's East End and, besides the sufferings of army life, also had to come to terms with the anti-Semitism directed at him by his comrades.

Rosenberg's experiences are illuminated by both Sher's reading of some of his poems and also the letters he wrote to friends and family.

Reader: Simon Schatzberger.

Producer: Peter Hoare

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2008.

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30 minutes

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Mon 6 Feb 2017 05:00