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Break of Day in the Trenches Summary & Analysis
by Isaac Rosenberg

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"Break of Day in the Trenches" is a World War I poem by British poet, soldier, and artist Isaac Rosenberg. Rosenberg wrote it in 1916 while serving on the Western Front, the conflict line stretching from Belgium through France. The poem describes dawn in the middle of war, establishing an eerie quiet that's soon interrupted by the appearance of a rat. The speaker contemplates what the war must be like from the rat's perspective, and, in doing so, highlights the horror, absurdity, and tragic wastefulness of the conflict.

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