The Poet-in-Residence is finally in residence. The date today is Sunday 25th November 2007. Is this auspicious I ask you? And I ask myself too. He checks. For the P-i-R is indeed an 'he'. The answer as always is 'Yes' and 'No'. Hymn writer Isaac Watts died on this day in 1748.
Painter & poet Isaac Rosenberg born in Bristol, son of poor Eastern European Jewish immigrants, this day in 1890. In the war he served with the Bantams; a regiment of undersized soldiers. Unfortunately he was killed on April Fool's Day 1918 (I kid you not!). "Droll rat, they would shoot you if they knew..." comes from his 'Break of Day in the Trenches'.