Arnold Wesker


“I know that a sense of Jewishness, a Jewish sensibility, pervades what I write. I know you’re going to ask me, ‘What is a Jewish sensibility?’ It’s a question of values. I can think of two things. There’s an absence of a spirit of revenge in Jews. Revenge doesn’t come easily to Jews. Pity comes to Jews. There’s also a need to build, to add to the sum total of human knowledge. There’s a sense of family. You can claim that for the Italians as well. But certainly it’s there for the Jews and that affected my writing. I mean I would have to present you with an essay to go through all the list. But a Jewish sensibility�I mean, ask people here what they understand by Jewish sensibility. I bet you would find a lot that they share in common.” [Arnold Wesker]

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Saturday, 1 March 2008


Time parts memory 

They say only the aged die of nostalgia, yet  
Still young, I lift ten years to resurrect The Lane, 
Gas-lamps, fog and chestnuts roasted 
On a shovel gingerly held above hot coals. 
The Lane of their hearts scream with loss 
In the dim-lit streets where lovely boys  
Once bounced over toys and ruins  
Left by wars of storming fathers.

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